Meeting Agendas

Faculty Benefits


December 5, 2017 Agenda

  1. Call to Order—
  2. Approval of minutes: Oct. 17, 2017 minutes
  3. Comments from the Chair
  4. Discussion on Phased Retirement and healthcare premiums
  5. Discussion on the presentation of the Rec Hall report (informative/consultative/advisory?)
  6. Adjournment and Thank You

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 8:30—10:30am, 519 James M. Elliott Building.
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October 17, 2017 Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of minutes: Sept. 12, 2017 minutes
  3. Comments from the Chair
  4. Update on the status of childcare at University Park and at the Commonwealth campuses: Erica Smithwick, Holley Rochford, Dir., Early Childcare Programs and Services (8:35-9:00am)
  5. Update on the status of Rec Hall and other Facilities: Laura Hall, Assoc VP Student Affairs
  6. Update on WorkDay: Janda Harkinson, WorkLion, Change Management, Communications, and Training Lead
  7. Adjournment and Thank You

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 8:30-10:30am, 519 James M. Elliot Bldg

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September 12, 2017 Agenda

  1. Call to Order—Welcome—Introductions
  2. Approval of minutes: April 25, 2017 minutes
  3. Comments from the Chair
  4. Review of Committee Charges
    (Note: Discussion on Annual Salary Report: Jaclyn Butler/Lu Sun, Office of Planning and Assessment)
  5. Healthcare Insurance Updates: Greg Stoner
  6. JCIB Report: Erica Smithwick
  7. Report/discussion from the Tobacco Free Task Force: Renee Borromeo
  8. New Business: Rec Hall Closing: Katie Jordan, UP Undergrad Association/Laura Hall, Sr. Dir., Campus Recreation
  9. Adjournment and Thank You

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 8:30-10:30am, 519 James M. Elliot Bldg.


April 25, 2017 Agenda

    1. CALL TO ORDER/ WELCOME/ INTRODUCTIONS
    2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: March 14, 2017 meeting minutes
    3. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR: Renee Borromeo/ Erica Smithwick
    4. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM JCIB: Jamie Myers
    5. NEW BUSINESS
      1. Reports for April plenary session:
        1. 2018 Penn State Medical/Rx Plan Design and Cost Sharing
        2. Faculty Salary Report (C1)
      2. Email from Professor Geoffrey Scott – discussion
      3. Wrap Up of 2016-17 year in Faculty Benefits
      4. Ideas for 2017-18 year in Faculty Benefit
    6. Adjournment and thank you

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March 14, 2017 Agenda

      1. WorkLion Report  -Susan Basso
      2. Faculty Salary Report –  Betty Harper
      3. Approval of Meeting Minutes, Jan. 24, 2017
      4. Ideas for April Meeting / Next Year

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January 24, 2017 Agenda

      1. CALL TO ORDER/ WELCOME/ INTRODUCTIONS
      2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: December 6, 2016 meeting minutes
      3. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR: Renee Borromeo/Erica Smithwick
      4. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM JCIB: Jamie Myers
      5. NEW BUSINESS
        1. Review of Committee Charges
          1. Reports for January meeting:
            1. The Senate Committee on Faculty Benefits, the Joint Committee on Insurance and Benefits, and the Health Care Advisory Committee: Coordination of Duties (A. 5) Renee, Jamie
            2. Recommendations for Third Party Administrator (TPA) choice for Penn State Medical and Prescription Drug Coverage (A.3) Renee, Greg
          2. Reports for future meetings
            1. Gap Insurance (A.4) (March)
              1. 4. It can take months/years for new members of the PPO Savings to build up a substantial Health Savings Account. Such accounts can also be wiped out with longer-term chronic illnesses. Could Gap Insurance be a possible solution? (A&C)
            2. WorkLion (Informational) (March)
            3. Faculty Salary Report (C1) (April)
          3. Articles for Discussion
            1. Price Transparency and Health Care Costs
            2. Go to the Wrong Hospital and You’re 3 Times More Likely to Die
            3. Quality Rating for Health Care
          4. Adjournment and thank you

    Next meeting to be held tuesday, March 14; 8:30-10:30 AM; 519 James M. Elliott Buidling

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    December 6, 2016 Agenda

      1. CALL TO ORDER/ WELCOME/ INTRODUCTION
      2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: September 6, 2016 meeting minutes
      3. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CHAIR: Renee Borromeo
      4. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM JCIB: Jamie Myers
      5. NEW BUSINESS
        1. Review of Committee Charges
          1. Reports for December meeting:
            1. Childcare Report: Erica Smithwick (A.9)
            2. Considerations for 1/1/2018 third party administrator contract for health plans—Susan Basso and Greg Stoner (A.3)
            3. Sponsor Nursing Dean Paula Milone-Nuzzo to deliver a report on the new Penn State Non-Urgent Care Health and Wellness Center at University Park, this is currently scheduled. (A.7)
          2. Reports for future meetings
            1. Gap Insurance (A.4) (Jan/Mar)
              1. A.4. It can take months/years for new members of the PPO Savings to build up a substantial Health Savings Account. Such accounts can also be wiped out with longer-term chronic illnesses. Could Gap Insurance be a possible solution? (A&C)
            2. Roles and responsibilities of FB Committee, JCIB, and HCAC (Informational) (A.5) (Jan/Mar)
              1. A5. Discuss and establish effective ways that all three PSU Committees on Benefits (Faculty Benefits, JCIB, Health Care Advisory Committee) can communicate, establish effective interfaces, and coordinate recommendations to each other and Faculty Senate.
            3. WorkLion (Informational) (March)
            4. Faculty Salary Report (April)
        2. Other Issues
      6. Adjournment and thank you

      Next meeting to be held Tuesday, January 24, 20167 8:30-10:30 AM; 519 James M. Elliott Buidling

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      October 18, 2016 Agenda

      1. CALL TO ORDER/ WELCOME/ INTRODUCTIONS
      2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: September 6, 2016 meeting minutes
      3. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CHAIR: Renee Borromeo
      4. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM JCIB: Jamie Myers
      5. NEW BUSINESS
        1. Retirement Program Presentation: Greg Stoner
          1. Retiree information issue
        2. Review of Committee Charges
        3. Reports for October Senate Meeting:
          1. A.1. New Members form
          2. A.2. Smoking Policy Report: A&C Report with Student Life Committee
          3. A.8. JCIB Report: Jamie Myers Informational Report on cost of benefit for each plan. Prepare a report showing the per employee cost of insurance plans, the university’s and employee’s dollar contribution in premium support for individual employees, broken down by income bracket and insurance plans as called for in the Senate’s March 2015 Advisory Consultative Report.
          4. A.6. Health Plan Updates: Susan Basso and Greg Stoner
        4. Reports for December meeting:
          1. A.9. Childcare Report: Erica Smithwick
          2. A.3. Considerations for 1/1/2018 third party administrator contract for health plans—Susan Basso and Greg Stoner
          3. A7. Sponsor Nursing Dean Paula Milone-Nuzzo to deliver a report on the new Penn State Non-Urgent Care Health and Wellness Center at University Park, this is currently scheduled.
        5. Reports for future meetings
          1. A4. It can take months/years for new members of the PPO Savings to build up a substantial Health Savings Account. Such accounts can also be wiped out with longer-term chronic illnesses. Could Gap Insurance be a possible solution?
          2. C1. Faculty Salary Report
        6. Other Issues
      6. Adjournment and thank you

      Next meeting to be held tuesday, DECEMBER 6, 2016; 8:30-10:30 AM; 519 James M. Elliott Building
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      September 6, 2016 Agenda

      1. CALL TO ORDER/ WELCOME/ INTRODUCTIONS
      2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: April 19, 2016 meeting minutes
      3. ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE CHAIR
      4. NEW BUSINESS
        1. Review of Committee Charges
        2. Reports for Full Senate Meeting:
          1. New Members form
          2. Tobacco-free University: Forensic Report
        3. JCIB Report: Jamie Myers
        4. Health Care Insurance Updates: Greg Stoner
        5. Childcare Report: Erica Smithwick
        6. State Schools and Retirement Plan Issues
      5. Adjournment and thank you

      Next meeting to be held tuesday, october 18, 2016; 8:30-10:30 AM; 519 James M. Elliott Building
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