Faculty are offered health insurance by WVU Medicine and WVU. The Insurance carrier for WVU Medicine is Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the insurance carrier for WVU is Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA). Most faculty members elect medical benefits through WVU. If you have questions about the medical plan benefits through WVU, please contact them at 304-293-5700, Ext. 4.
WVU Medicine Benefits
WVU Medicine offers four coverage levels with three different medical plan options for the coming year, including a qualified High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA). The 2018 Medical Plan offerings also feature an enhanced network of providers that reward you with lower costs for using WVU Medicine facilities.
For prescriptions, WVU Medicine utilizes the National Network and uses a closed formulary, meaning that it has a specific list of drugs that are preferred for the WVU Medicine plan. The cost of these drugs are reflected in the Enrollment Guide under “Prescription Coverage.” Using a hospital pharmacy will further reduce the cost for prescription drugs.
Employee per pay costs can be found in the Enrollment Guide, and will be shown in the UltiPro enrollment tool.
Health Insurance ID Cards
Once you enroll for medical insurance coverage, you will receive an ID card in the mail from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. You can also access a virtual card that you can view or print from any computer, tablet or smart phone. Click here for more information
To obtain information on the disabled dependent form, contact Highmark at 1-877-770-6991.
2018 Medical Plan Overview
Preventive Services are covered at 100% under all three medical plan options at network providers. Complete listing of Preventive Services.
You may be responsible for a Facility fee, clinic charge, or similar fee or charge in addition to the Physician’s charge if the Service is provided at a Physician’s office, a Hospital or Facility Other Provider, Professional Other Provider, Retail Clinic or Urgent Care Center.
Enhanced and Standard Networks
The 2018 Medical Plan offerings feature an Enhanced network that rewards you with lower out-of-pocket costs for using WVU Medicine facilities.
- J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital
- United Hospital Center
- Camden Clark Medical Center
- Berkley Medical Center
- Reynolds Memorial Hospital
- St. Joseph’s Hospital
- Potomac Valley Hospital
Each plan also allows for the use of Standard network facilities that are in-network, but at a higher cost. For a list of Highmark BCBS in-network service providers and facilities, visit highmarkbcbswv.com/find-a-doctor.
Laboratories that are in the enhanced network can be found on the WVU Medicine Healthcare Services page.
Each plan also allows for the use of standard network facilities that are in-network, but at a higher cost. For a list of those BCBS standard network providers, visit the Highmark provider listing. Note: The following list of hospitals will show as being in-network with BCBS, but are out-of-network (no coverage) for the WVU Medicine Medical Plans.
- Fairmont Regional Medical Center
- Marietta Memorial Hospital
- Mon Health Medical Center
- Preston Memorial Hospital
- Stonewall Memorial Hospital
- Winchester Medical Center
Important Coverage Exception: Emergency Care
Enhanced, standard, or out-of-network designations do not apply to emergency care. You can go to any hospital in the WVU Medicine Enhanced, BCBS Standard or out-of-network for emergency services.
Mountaineer HDHP with Health Savings Account (HSA)
The Mountaineer High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) has a higher deductible and coinsurance limit than most plans, but employees who avoid the Tobacco Surcharge will pay lower bi-weekly premiums. You are responsible for all out-of-pocket expenses until you meet the annual deductible, then coinsurance applies. This plan also provides access to an HSA to which you and the company contribute. When you sign up for the Mountaineer HDHP medical plan, WVU Medicine will contribute money to your HSA. The HSA employer contribution is described in the Open Enrollment Guide.
Health Savings Account (HSA)
An HSA is a tax-advantaged account that allows you to save money on a pre-tax basis for qualified medical, prescription drug, dental and vision expenses. You decide which qualified medical expenses, if any, will be paid using the account. HSAs also allow you to save on your taxes, help offset deductibles and copays, and enable you to save for future medical expenses. The money you put into your HSA is yours, it is not subject to the “Use it or lose it” rules, and therfore unused funds at the end of the plan year carriers over from year to year. It goes with you even if you change employment or retire.
Enrollment in the HSA is automatic through Acclaris, Highmark’s HSA Administrator. No action is required by you to set up your account. You can manage your account online at highmarkbcbswv.com.
Visit IRS.gov to obtain more detail about HSAs in IRS Publication 969. If you have more specific question we recommend you speak to a tax advisor before you enroll.
Employee Contributions to HSA
In addition to the employer contribution to your HSA, you can make pre-tax contributions to the HSA account. Those amounts are:
|Level||Annual Limit(Minus Employer Contributions)|
|Age 55 Catch up Contribution||$1,000|
Flexible Use of HSA Funds
You will be issued a debit card that you can use to pay for your eligible out of pocket healthcare expenses. There is a monthly fee for the HSA that is paid by WVU Medicine as long as you remain an employee. If you terminate employment the monthly fee will be deducted from your HSA balance.
Maximum Out of Pocket Healthcare Costs Examples
2018 Prescription Coverage
WVU Medicine uses the National Network and uses a closed formulary, meaning that it has a specific list of drugs that are preferred for the WVU Medicine plan. Using a hospital pharmacy will further reduce the cost for your prescription drugs. Click here to view the formulary
NOTE: Walgreens is out-of-network.
$0 Copay Healthy Rx Generics
$0 Copay Healthy Rx Generic drugs are low cost alternatives designed to encourage members to purchase and take preventive prescription medications. The list of $0 Copay Healthy Rx Generic drugs includes medications such as anticoagulants, anti-seizure medications, asthma medications, cardiovascular, and cholesterol-lowering medications for the prevention of complications from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, such as heart attack and stroke. Complete listing of $0 Copay Health Rx Generics available through WVU Medicine Pharmacies.
Prescription Coverage and Copays
|WVU Medicine||Retail Pharmacy|
|Prescription Drugs: 1 to 30 Day Supply||Greater of:|
|Generic||$5 Copay||$10 or 50%|
|Preferred Brand||$25 Copay||$50 or 50%|
|Non-Preferred Brand||$50 Copay||$100 or 50%|
|Prescription Drugs: 31 to 90 Day Supply|
|Preferred Brand||$50 Copay||N/A|
|Non-Preferred Brand||$100 Copay||N/A|
|$0 Copay Healthy Rx Generics||$0 Copay||N/A|
|Specialty Drugs – Maximum 30 Day Supply||$100 Copay||$100 Copay
(Only applicable when not available at WVU Medicine Pharmacies)
Process for Filling Prescriptions
Short-term use medications*
If you want your prescriptions at the lowest cost you will need to have them filled at your hospital pharmacy. A few examples of short-term medications are:
- Z pack
A maintenance drug is a drug prescribed for chronic, long-term conditions and is taken on a regular, recurring basis. Examples of chronic conditions that may require maintenance medications are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. A few examples of maintenance drugs would be:
You many continue to fill maintenance prescriptions at your hospital pharmacy. If you cannot get your maintenance prescription at your hospital and want the lower copays you can reach out to the Mountaineer Pharmacy in Morgantown, WV.
Their normal business hours:
- Monday-Saturday: 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Sunday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Phone number: (304) 285-7348 or 1-833-988-6867
Street address: Mountaineer Pharmacy, 390 Birch Street, Morgantown, WV 26505
Your provider can send a 90-day supply prescription for maintenance drugs electronically to the Mountaineer Pharmacy or call it in at (304) 285-7348 or at 1-833-988-6867(WVU-MTNR) . You have the option to mail the prescription as well but keep in mind that there may be a delay of a few days. The Mountaineer Pharmacy will require a prescription enrollment form.
Mail Order Drugs
If you are interested in mail order for your maintenance prescriptions, you may get them through the Mountaineer Pharmacy in Morgantown, WV.
A specialty drug is a drug that must be injected or infused (although some are oral medications). They are used to treat complex or rare chronic conditions such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. A few examples of specialty drugs would be:
If you cannot get your specialty drug prescription filled at your hospital you can reach out to Allied Health Solutions Specialty Pharmacy in Morgantown, WV 26508. Their normal business hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Phone number: 304-285-7216 or toll-free at 844-988-7216
Fax number: 304-598-4034
Generally, your doctor will contact Allied Health Solutions and fax or e-prescribe a new prescription. You may also drop off a paper prescription at 3040 University Avenue, Suite 1400, Morgantown, WV 26506.
For additional information on prescription benefit changes for 2018 click here.
For more information about your medical and prescription drug plan options, review the Summary of Benefit Coverage on the Legal Notices page. Also available in UltiPro.