The Department of Human Resources

Current Employees

Kutztown University offers a comprehensive program of benefits in support of its goal of attracting and retaining highly-qualified, motivated and talented faculty and staff.

Your medical/dental/vision and other benefits coverage and eligibility are determined based on your job group.  The following links take you to the PASSHE website where detailed information on your employee benefits can be found. 


VOLUNTARY SAVINGS PLAN

  • Deferred Compensation (457 plan) deductions are a way for employees to reduce their current federally-taxable income. The State System has a deferred compensation program through Great West.
  • Tax-Sheltered Annuities (403b plan) are another way for employees to reduce their current federally-taxable income. The State System contracts with 17 vendors offering TSA accounts.  Vendors and form are on PASSHE site.
  • TSA Salary Reduction Form - complete this form to begin payroll deduction to a TSA

FEATURED NEWS ITEMS (listed in alphabetical order)

FLU VACCINES FOR FACULTY & STAFF

Onsite flu shots will once again be available on October 9, 2014 from 9 AM to 2 PM in Human Resources, Kemp Building.  This will be a walk-in clinic; appointment times will not be scheduled and vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please register for this event on the H.R. website so that we have a count for Rite-Aid.   Employees will not be charged leave to receive the vaccine but time away is subject to operational requirements and supervisory approval (Overtime/compensatory time will not be paid/accrued).


HIGHMARK MONTHLY HEALTHY HIGHLIGHT

OCTOBER is keeping your kids healthy month.  Nutrition and fitness tips for kids.

SEPTEMBER is easing anxiety month.  Anxiety is a normal part of life.  


PEBTF KNOW YOUR NUMBERS

Registration for PEBTF Get Healthy Know Your Numbers opens July 28, 2014. This year both the employee and covered spouse will need to complete this requirement by December 31, 2014 for participant rates to be effective July, 2015. Registration instructions can be found in the Get Healthy Brochure which was mailed to all PEBTF Members. There are 3 options for screenings:

  1. KU Onsite event – 09/16/14 in the Georgian Room from 07:30 AM – 12:00 PM
  2. Quest Diagnostics – After 09/01/14 (screenings done at Quest prior to 09/01/14 will not count) Remember to take KU I.D.
  3. Physician Office - **PEBTF benefits allow for one routine glucose & cholesterol screening per calendar year. If you have had this screening this calendar year, your benefits will not cover a second screening. Also, you will be responsible for the office visit copayment. If the physician orders other blood tests, they may not be covered. Register at: www.pebtf.org and select the Get Healthy logo on right-hand side of page. Be sure to review instructions before continuing to Blueprint for Wellness screen.

RETIREMENT COUNSELORS ON CAMPUS

ALTERNATIVE RETIREMENT PLAN VENDOR CHANGE ANNOUNCEMENT
July 2013

Fidelity Investments - TBD
Appointments can be scheduled online at www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations or by calling 800-642-7131 

Great West - 06/25/14, 07/23/14, 08/27/14, 09/24/14, 10/22/14 & 12/17/14 
Appointments can be scheduled by contacting Jaime Robbins or calling
1-717-901-3590, ext. 62229

TIAA-CREF - 06/26/14, 07/31/14, 08/28/14, 09/11/14, 10/30/14, & 12/18/14 
Mark Your Calendar!

Appointments can be scheduled online at www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or call Philadelphia Office at 800-842-2010

VALIC - TBD
The dates listed above have been scheduled for one-on-one counseling sessions:
Register here (cut and paste Code "9862KUT11AA" to continue).  Meetings are available from 8am to 4pm on the hour, every hour.  The employees can also email Jeffrey Hofmann or call 717-773-6176.


SEAP SUMMARY OF BENEFITS  

Information about the State Employee Assistance Program (SEAP)

The Affordable Care Act requires that group health plans provide a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) to employees. Because SEAP is considered to be a group health plan, SEAP is required to provide a SBC.

The federal government has defined very strictly what information must be included in an SBC and how it must be formatted. That’s why you’ll notice that most of the categories of information do not apply to SEAP, and that many of the listed services are identified as “not covered.”

You can view the SBC here. You can also receive a paper copy at no charge by contacting SEAP at 800.692.7459.


STATE EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SEAP)

SEAP is free and available to you and your family 24/7 to help you deal with emotional or family concerns, alcohol or drug abuse, depression and other behavioral health matters, or financial and legal issues. Call 1-800-692-7459 (TDD 1-800-824-4306).

If you have questions about SEAP, please send us an email. Read previous newsletters and find more information about SEAP (www.liveandworkwell.com). using "Pennsylvania" as your access code.

ARTICLES FROM SEAP

Compulsive gambling: It's all in the brain - Get help.
(New article from SEAP - May 2014)
"Compulsive gambling: It's all in the brain" (also in Spanish) provides information about the difference between social and compulsive gambling, as well as an explanation of the neuroscience behind addiction. The sidebar article provides information about the steps that should be taken to overcome compulsive gambling. 


THE WORK NUMBER

More information for employees about this automated service from PASSHE and how it works are listed below:

Brochure
Poster
Wallet Cards