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  • Health and Vision Insurance

    The university offers three health care plans with Aetna. These plans do not require the designation of a primary care physician and do not require referrals for visits to specialists.

    Once you are enrolled, you will receive an Aetna ID, with your covered dependents (if any) listed on it at your home address of record with The New School. Present your ID card whenever you receive medical services. Once you become a member, you can find information about eligibility, benefits, claims payments, discounts, and special programs by going to Aetna's member portal, and registering with the ID number on the front of your Aetna card.

    Refer to the Health Care Plan Comparison Chart to view the differences in coverage between the plans, and refer to the information below for specifics on each plan. If you have questions about coverage, call Aetna at 833-770-1099.  

    Please click here to access the Aetna Presentation on our medical, dental, vision and Rx plans. 

    We are pleased to announce that we have launched a Benefits Virtual Fair: https://benefitsfair.online/thenewschool/

  • Aetna Choice Plan (POS)

    The Choice is a point-of-service (POS) plan that allows you to receive care either from UHC participating (in-network) providers or providers who do not participate in the Aetna provider network (out-of-network).

    There is a $30 co-payment for in-network primary care physician office visits (including visits to outpatient mental health providers) and a $50 co-payment for in-network specialist office visits. There is no co-payment for annual preventive care services. There is also a $300 calendar-year in-network deductible (the amount you pay in a calendar year for certain services before the services are paid). To find Choice in-network providers, go to www.aetna.com, click on “Find a doctor” then Guest. Next enter your zip code, city, state or county. When “Select a plan” appears, select Aetna Choice POS II” the click “search” to continue.

    You can also receive care from out-of-network providers, but at a greater cost. There is a calendar-year out-of-network deductible (the amount you pay in a calendar year before eligible out-of-network expenses are considered for reimbursement) of $2,000 for an individual and $4,000 for a family.

    Thereafter the plans pay 70 percent of the Usual and Customary Rate (UCR); you are responsible for the remaining 30 percent of the UCR plus any billed amount exceeding the UCR. You must complete and submit to Aetna. The request for reimbursement must be received by UHC within 12 months of the date of service. The employer name is The New School, and our group number is 170211. Call Aetna at 833.770.1099 before seeking services from out-of-network providers, as pre-certification may be required.

    How To Locate Providers, Hospital, Facilities
    How to Register for the Aetna Member Website and Print a Temporary ID Card

    The Summary Plan Description (SPD) and Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) provide additional information about this plan.

    Aetna Select EPO Plan

    The Aetna Select EPO Plan covers services received from Aetna  participating (in-network) providers. There is no coverage for services provided by nonparticipating providers except in the case of emergency care. To find Aetna Select in-network providers, go to www.aetna.com, click on “Find a doctor” then Guest. Next enter your zip code, city, state or county. When “Select a plan” appears, select “Aetna Open Access Select ” the click “search” to continue.   

    You can also call Aetna at 833.770.1099 for provider information. Primary care physician visits (including visits to outpatient mental health providers) require a $25 co-payment, and specialist visits require a $40 co-payment. There is no co-payment for annual preventive care services. There is also a $100 calendar-year in-network deductible (the amount you pay in a calendar year for certain services before the services are paid). As well as 10% co-insurance on lab work, x-rays and other services after your deductible is met.

    How To Locate Providers, Hospital, Facilities
    How to Register for the Aetna Member Website and Print a Temporary ID Card

    The Choice EPO Summary Plan Description (SPD) and Choice EPO Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) provide additional information about the plan.

    The Value plan (formerly known as the High Deductible Health Plan) with Health Savings Account

    The Value Plan with Health Savings Account (HSA) allows you to receive care either from Aetna participating (in-network) providers or providers who do not participate in the Aetna network (out-of-network). To find Value in-network providers, go to www.aetna.com, click on “Find a doctor” then Guest. Next enter your zip code, city, state or county. When “Select a plan” appears, select Aetna Choice POS II” the click “search” to continue. You can also call  Aetna at 833-770-1099. 

    The Value Plan has a calendar-year in-network deductible and in-network co-insurance (office visit co-payments do not apply) in addition to a calendar-year out-of-network deductible and out-of-network co-insurance. The deductible is the amount you pay in a calendar year prior to eligible expenses' being considered for reimbursement. The only services not subject to the deductible or co-insurance are in-network annual preventive care services (covered at 100 percent). All other expenses, including prescriptions, are not considered for reimbursement until the calendar-year deductible is met.

    The calendar-year deductibles are:

    • In network: $1,500 individual/$3,000 family
    • Out of network: $3,000 individual/$6,000 family

    Thereafter the plan pays 80 percent of the contracted rate for in-network services; you pay the remaining 20 percent. For out-of-network services, the plan pays 60 percent of the Usual and Customary Rate (UCR); you pay the remaining 40 percent of the UCR plus any billed amount exceeding the UCR. You must complete and submit an Aetna claim form to receive reimbursement for out-of-network services (request for reimbursement must be received by Aetna within 12 months of the date of service). Call Aetna at 833.770.1099 before seeking services from out-of-network providers, as pre-certification may be required.

    How To Locate Providers, Hospital, Facilities
    How to Register for the Aetna Member Website and Print a Temporary ID Card

    The HDHP Summary Plan Description (SPD) and HDHP Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) provide additional information about the plan.

    If you enroll in the Value Plan, you can open a Health Savings Account (HSA). The HSA is an account to which the university contributes and to which you can contribute to pay for current and future qualified health care–related expenses not covered by the plan. The 2021 maximum allowable contribution is $3,600 for those enrolled in employee-only coverage and $7,200 for those enrolled in family coverage. The maximum allowable contribution includes both employee and employer contributions. Contributions roll over from year to year, and you can take your account, including any accumulated contributions, with you if you leave The New School.

    Please refer to this Quick Reference Guide for steps on creating an account, view eligible expense items and much more. 

    The university contributes $500 to the HSA if you are enrolled in employee-only coverage and $1,000 if you are enrolled in employee plus dependent coverage in 2021 (note that domestic partners are not eligible dependents for reimbursement through the HSA, per IRS rules). Half of the annual university contribution is made in the first half of the calendar year, and the second half is made during the second half of the year.

    Please complete this form to Transfer your current HSA funds to your HSA with PayFlex

    You can elect to make pre-tax payroll contributions to your HSA in MyDay after your account has been opened. You can also make after-tax contributions to your HSA by contacting PayFlex directly at 888.678.8242.

    Please note that if you enroll in the HDHP with HSA, you cannot enroll in The New School's health care flexible spending account (FSA). For important information about HSAs, refer to the HSA section of IRS publication 969.

    Prescription Drug Program

    The University's Prescription Drug Program is administered by Express Scripts. Present your Express Scripts member ID card when filling a prescription at the pharmacy. The following co-payment amounts apply for a one-month (30-day) prescription at the retail pharmacy:

    • $15 co-payment for tier 1 medications
    • $50 co-payment for tier 2 medications
    • $100 co-payment for tier 3 medications 

    If you have not received your Express Script ID card, please present this letter to your pharmacist to accurately process your prescriptions. 

    Stay on track with the help of the Express Scripts Mobile App. You can download it free from your mobile app store. From anywhere, anytime, you can check order status; refill and renew orders; locate a pharmacy and get directions; check drug interactions; set up medication alerts; access your virtual member ID card and much more.

    If you have questions about your prescription drug coverage or the mail order delivery program, call Express Scripts at 877.354.2007, or visit: www.express-scripts.com/thenewschool 

    Routine Vision Care Benefits

    Aetna participants are automatically enrolled in the Aetna Vision Preferred Plan at no additional cost. (You must be enrolled in the health care plan to receive vision care benefits there is no option to enroll separately.) The plan allows you to receive routine vision services either from participating (in-network) vision providers or from providers who do not participate in the Aetna vision network (out-of-network). To search for in-network providers, go to www.aetnavision.com

    The Vision Care Plan covers an examination and new lenses (contact and glasses) every 12 months and new frames every 24 months. Review the Summary Plan Description and Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) for coverage details. Call Aetna Vision Preferred Plan at 877.973.3238 for additional information.

    Health Care Coverage for New School Students Who Are Also Employees

    If you are a student in a New School degree program and are also a member of the full-time faculty, full-time administrative staff, or regular part-time (20+ hours per week) administrative staff, you must enroll for employee health care coverage at whatever point you become eligible; your student health insurance coverage (if you are enrolled) will be waived automatically. At that point, you are no longer eligible to receive services from the Student Health Center. Student health insurance coverage for a dependent (spouse, domestic partner, or child) enrolled in a degree program is not waived automatically. If you choose to cover such a dependent on your employee insurance, he or she must file the proper forms at registration to waive student health insurance. For more information, including instructions for waiving student health insurance for a dependent, go to the Student Health Services website; contact Student Health Services at 212.229.1671, option 3; or visit the Student Health Center.

    Health Care Coverage and Medicare

    If you or an enrolled dependent becomes eligible for Medicare, we encourage you to review the important information available at www.medicare.gov and 1-800-Medicare to understand your options. If you enroll in any parts of the Medicare plan (hospital, medical, prescription drug, medigap) and are also enrolled on the university's health care coverage with Aetna, your university coverage will be your primary coverage (and Medicare secondary). It is important that you contact each carrier to notify it about the other. When calling, ask to speak with someone in the Coordination of Care area.

    Please contact BenefitsHelp@newschool.edu or call us at 212.229.5671 x4942 if you wish to speak with someone on the New School Benefits Team. 

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