Shawnee State University recognizes the importance of being able to provide our employees and their families with quality benefits as part of their overall compensation package.

As such, we have developed a comprehensive benefits package that delivers quality and value while satisfying the diverse needs of our workforce.


Benefits Open Enrollment is being held now through May 6, 2022.

Your action is required to continue benefits; benefit elections from 2021 will not carry over into the new plan year.

During this Open Enrollment period, all full-time (benefit-eligible) employees have the opportunity to enroll, terminate, or add/drop dependents from the SSU health plan. You also have the opportunity to enroll in a Health Savings Account (HSA). All elections made during the annual Open Enrollment period will become effective July 1, 2022.

Changes for 2022 include an increase to employee contribution rates for the health plan. The new rates are available to view in the Open Enrollment documents and BearTrax.

To better understand your benefit options, please take time to review the Benefits  Guide (PDF) and Presentation (PDF). You can also watch the Open Enrollment Presentation.

How-To Video: Medical Benefits Open Enrollment in BearTrax

1-on-1 Information Session

If you are interested in scheduling a virtual information session, 1:1 assistance is available by appointment with a HORAN representative.

To schedule a time below, call Melissa Wolcott at (937) 281-2805:

  • Friday, April 22, 2022: 9:30–11:30 am
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2022: 2:00–4:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 28, 2022: 1:00–4:00 pm

If you have questions regarding the enrollment process, please contact the following individuals:

Kara Arms
Associate Director, Human Resources
(740) 351-3464

Malonda Johnson
Executive Director, Human Resources & Chief Diversity Officer
(740) 351-3484

Spousal Healthcare Affidavit

Please note: If your spouse is working full-time and offered employer-sponsored healthcare coverage with in-network options locally (Ohio, Kentucky, and/or West Virginia), they are not eligible for coverage under Shawnee State University’s healthcare plan. If your spouse is eligible to cover on the plan, you are required to complete and return a Spousal Affidavit (PDF) to Human Resources by May 20, 2022.

Required only if you wish to cover your spouse under SSU Healthcare: 
Spousal Healthcare Affidavit (PDF)

Retirement Plan Updates

Employee Benefits Overview

For an overall summary of benefits, click on your employee group shown below. For more detailed information on specific benefits, refer to the applicable sections listed on this page.

Health Care Provider Information

Medical, Prescription, and Dental Providers

Medical, Prescription, and Dental insurance coverage is provided through: Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Anthem Express Scripts, and Anthem Dental

Group W41214

1-833-639-1634 ..... Member Services
1-800-810-2583 ..... Travel Coverage
1-833-639-1634 ..... Provider Services
1-833-639-1634 ..... Pre-Authorization
1-833-296-5039 ..... Help for Pharmacists
1-833-267-2133 ..... Pharmacy Member Services
1-866-589-0578 ..... Dental Customer Service
1-800-337-4770 ..... 24/7 Nurse Line

Vision Provider

Vision coverage is provided through: Vision Services Plan (VSP)

Group Number: 3001718

Health Care Benefits

Health Care Contribution Rates

Anthem Medical Benefits

Anthem Dental Benefits

Anthem IngenioRx Prescription Benefits

Vision Service Plan (VSP)

Group Number: 30001718

Flexible/Dependent Care Spending Account (FSA/DCA)

Health Savings Account (HSA), part of High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)

Employee Assistance & Work/Life Program (Impact Solutions)

Federally Required Healthcare Notices

Annual Notices about your Healthcare

Affordable Care Act

HIPAA Information

Life Insurance Benefits

The University provides a Basic Life Insurance policy for all eligible Faculty, Administrators and Support Staff. Each policy includes an Accidental Death & Dismemberment benefit in addition to the basic amount of life insurance. The amount of life insurance coverage varies for employee type and is fully described in the certificates of coverage below. More information may be found by clicking the links below.

Certificates of Coverage (Your Life Insurance Plan Benefits):

Retirement Benefits (Employer/Employee Paid)

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS)

State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS)

Alternative Retirement Plans (ARP)

Retirement Plan Investment Funds (ARP 403b/457b)

Supplemental Retirement Savings Plans (Employee paid)

For more information, you may contact the Benefits or Payroll office in Human Resources or one of the Vendor Representatives

Voluntary Benefits

Life & LTD Insurance (Employee paid)

Securian Life Insurance
UNUM Long Term Disability
Whole Life Accident Critical Illness Cancer Insurance

Employee Meal Plan Discount Program

Aladdin Dining Services offers SSU employees discounted meal plans at the Bear's Den cafeteria. All Faculty and Staff employees can save 15% on all meals when purchased through Payroll Deduction. Employee "Meal Value Plan" options and costs are detailed below:

50 Meal Value Plan*

This meal plan offers the BEST VALUE of all plans - you get an all-you-care-to-eat experience, including beverage and dessert. If you will eat about two (2) meals per week in the Bears Den Cafeteria, this is the plan for you.

20 Meal Value Plan*

This meal plan is perfect for you if you will eat one (1) meal per week in the Bears Den Cafeteria. You receive a 15% discount and your all-you-care-to-eat experience still includes a beverage and dessert.

10 Meal Value Plan*

This is a great starter plan if you are not sure which meal plan is best for you. You receive a 15% discount and the all-you-care-to-eat experience and still includes a beverage and dessert.

* All Meal Value Plans purchased must be used by the end of the Semester.

Visit the SSU Dining Services website for more information on menu choices, or call the dining hotline at (740) 351-3150.