All information presented on this page, including links to plan documents and descriptions, is specific to the plan year of July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017.
Pitt employees may choose among four medical benefit plans offered by UPMC Health Plan, including a health maintenance organization (HMO) plan and three preferred provider organization (PPO) options that provide greater flexibility to meet specific health care needs. All four plans offer a broad range of comprehensive benefits, including wellness and preventative-care benefits and the same Prescription Drug Program.
Medical Plan Rates and Descriptions
View the current plan year’s rates (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017)
Panther Gold HMO
The most popular of Pitt's medical plans, Panther Gold HMO does not carry an annual deductible or co-insurance. Members are responsible for copayments except for wellness and preventative care services.
Panther Gold with Advantage Network - Applies to Oakland and Titusville campuses only
Panther Gold Plan - Applies to Bradford, Greensburg and Johnstown campuses only
The Panther Advocate PPO/HIA offers a broad array of health incentives that rewards members for making healthy choices. Health credits are placed in to a health incentive account (HIA) when members complete healthy activities. The credits in the HIA are then applied to offset out-of-pocket costs such as the deductible, coinsurance and prescription drug copayments.
The Panther Plus PPO provides 80 percent co-insurance coverage after meeting the annual deductible.
The Panther Basic PPO Plan has been adjusted to meet the requirements of a Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP). This plan now allows the participants the option to open a new Health Savings Account (HSA).
UPMC PPO-PA Child Welfare Training Program
This plan is available only to faculty and staff in the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program located in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Coverage and Resources
Certificate of Coverage
The Certificate of Coverage establishes the terms of coverage for your health benefit plan. The Certificate of Coverage explains:
- Steps for adding a dependent to your plan
- Steps for submitting a claim
- Steps for filing an appeal
- Description of Covered Services
- Steps for resolving disputes with UPMC Health Plan
Autism Spectrum Disorders Coverage
The UPMC medical benefit plans cover all eligible members under the age of 21 for the diagnostic assessment and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please refer to the Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate of Coverage to review the covered services, definitions, and procedures.
Coverage for Eligible Dependent Children
Under the University of Pittsburgh insurance plans, children, up to the age of 26, are eligible for medical, dental, and vision coverage under their parent's insurance, provided they meet the requirements under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Hearing Aid Coverage for Dependent Children
In the state of Pennsylvania, children (up to age 21) with significant, permanent, or longstanding hearing loss are provided with bilateral hearing aids through the Medical Assistance (MA) state program regardless of income. Providers bill the primary insurance first and whatever is not paid is then billed to the MA program. Medicaid pays in a bundled fashion (device + services); hearing aid companies all have “Medicaid” pricing (significantly reduced compared to typical pricing) that is offered if the provider indicates that they are providing hearing aids to an individual receiving Medicaid. This program ends when the young person turns 21 and then most of these individuals will not have insurance coverage to continue their hearing health care other than for hearing testing. With questions or for more information, please contact:
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Out-of-Area Coverage for Eligible Dependent Children
Enrolled dependent children and adult dependents up to age 26 that live or attend school outside of Western Pennsylvania have access to more than 5,000 facilities and 700,000 physicians nationwide through PHCS Multiplan and through SuperMed in Ohio. The national pharmacy network includes more than 30,000 independent and retail chain pharmacy locations.
To find a provider:
- Go to www.upmchealthplan.com
- At the top, right hand corner of the page, hover over the orange ‘Doctors’ icon
- Choose ‘Medical’ from the drop down menu
- Enter the Zip Code and a radius to search
- Under 'Know Your Plan Name?' choose ‘Coverage Through Your Employer’ from the drop down menu as the Coverage Type
- The following message will appear in the Search Results when a zip code is entered that falls outside of the UPMC Health Plan network service area: “The ZIP code you entered (XXXXX) falls outside the typical UPMC Health Plan network service area.”
- Under 'Find a doctor outside Western Pennsylvania', click the gray box that reads 'Care Outside Western Pa. and Ohio'
- You will be automatically routed to the MultiPlan page to search the PHCS and Multiplan Networks for participating providers
- If you are searching in a Ohio, click the Gray box "Care in Ohio" to search the SuperMed network.
Review screenshot instructions to search within the PHCS/Multiplan.
To find a pharmacy:
- Go to www.upmchealthplan.com
- At the top, right hand corner of the page, hover over the red ‘Hospital/Rx’ icon
- Choose ‘Pharmacy’ from the drop down menu
- Under the ‘Select Type of Pharmacy Coverage’ field, confirm that ‘Coverage through your Employer’ is auto populated
- Click the purple ‘Express-Scripts Pharmacy’ box
- You will be automatically routed to a white homepage that reads ‘Located a pharmacy’ at the top
- Enter your Zip Code or City/State
- Click the blue ‘Locate Pharmacy’ button
Dependent college students are also covered for urgent and emergent care obtained on or near their campus locations (i.e. Student Health Clinic), even if the provider is not participating with one of these networks.
View this site that describes the benefits for eligible pre and post 65 retirees. Learn More »
Pitt offers health insurance options for all types of students, fellows and postdocs. Learn More »