Eligible faculty and professional staff may enroll in the Highmark PPO Low Deductible Health Plan upon retirement.  Coverage is provided for the College retiree, retiree’s spouse and children through age 26, if applicable.

Whether or not a retiree elects this coverage upon retirement, (s)he may elect coverage during any Open Enrollment period, or when first eligible for Medicare coverage.  Those who retire mid-year do not have to pay their full deductible again upon retiring; retirees will receive credit for whatever portion of the health plan deductible has already been met during the calendar year in which they retire.

Premiums must be paid by check to the College’s Business Office on an after-tax basis and may be paid on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.


Coverage Level

July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
Monthly Cost

Retiree only


Retiree + 1 Dependent


Retiree + 2 or More Dependents



Dependent’s Coverage Upon the Retiree’s Death

Upon the death of a retiree, any covered dependent may generally retain coverage for up to 36 months through Cobra.  Human Resources needs to be notified within 60 days of the retiree’s passing in order for WageWorks, our Cobra administrator, to be able to supply the eligible dependent(s) enrollment materials.  Cobra premiums are equal to the full premium equivalent by the College plus a 2% administrative fee.