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April 11, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab


SRU Healthy U deadline looms                   

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Slippery Rock University’s participation in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education health insurance program known as “Healthy U” is down substantially and that could end up costing University employees covered by the plan higher premiums. The good news is that there is still time to sign up.

           “The latest report shows SRU at just over 16 percent participation,” said Marcia Kotek, benefits and transactions manager in the Office of Human Resources. “But there is still time to join. The registration deadline is May 31.”

           In past year’s SRU’s final participation rate has been in the 89 percent range.

           Kotek said employees covered by Highmark insurance that participate in the Healthy U program pay 15 percent of their premium, while those who are not in the program pay 25 percent of their premium.

           To take advantage of the lower health care premium, state system employees and their covered spouse or same-sex domestic partner, each must earn a minimum 70 points.

           The program offers a variety of activities and programs that can be used to earn the required Healthy U point. The first enrollment steps are taking the online pledge and completing the online “Wellness Profile” with earn 30 points. 

           The process can be completed by logging onto Highmark’s website at: An ID logon and password are required. Forgotten ID login information or password information may be obtained by clicking the “Forgot Login” or “Forgot Password” buttons or by calling Highmark Technical Support at 1.877.298.3918.

           Once on the website, participants should click the “Your Health” tab, then select “Lifestyle Returns.”

           Information about all of the opportunities available to participate in wellness programs and activities and earn additional points is available from the Healthy U section of the PASSHE website:

           Additional information is also available from Highmark Member Services at 1.866.727.4935.

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