Medical Plans

The University offers two medial plans through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama – High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) and the Preferred Provider Organization Plan (PPO). Both plans allow the participants the freedom to seek care from any licensed medical provider, but they will have lower out-of-pocket costs if in-network Blue Cross and Blue Shield Preferred medical providers are used. In-network providers are hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers who have agreed to accept negotiated fees as payment in-full for services provided to plan participants.

Health Plan Comparison
 
HDHP w/HSA
PPO
Premiums: Lower Higher
Deductibles: Higher Lower
Member Cost Share*: Coinsurance (20%) Copayments
Tax-Favored Accounts: Health Savings Account & Dependent Care FSA Healthcare FSA & Dependent Care FSA

The HDHP can be combined with a health savings account (HSA), helping employees pay for certain qualified medical expenses with tax-free money. According to IRS regulations, any non-single HDHP contract is considered a family contract for purposes of deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums, and contributions. Watch a brief video to learn more about the HDHP and HSA. 

The following is a brief cost share comparison of the  HDHP to PPO plan. Note the PPO deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums are split between medical and pharmacy benefits.

Employee Cost Share Comparison (In-Network)
First-Dollar Deductible: HDHP w/HSA PPO
Employee: $1,400 per contract $350 ($175 Medical + $175 Rx)
Family without a Spouse: $2,800 per contract $350 per person
Family with a Spouse: $2,800 per contract $350 per person
   
Out-of-Pocket Maximum: HDHP w/HSA PPO
Employee: $3,000 per contract $5,000 ($2,500 Med + $2,500 Rx)
Family without a Spouse: $6,000 per contract $10,000 ($5,000 Med + $5,000 Rx)
Family with a Spouse: $6,000 per contract $14,300 ($7,150 Med + $7,150 Rx)

Other Covered Services and Preferred Providers and Facilities are the same for both plans.
Preventive care and routine screenings are covered at 100% for both plans (not subject to any deductibles). For a comprehensive list of services, visit www.AlabamaBlue.com/preventiveservices.

Click on the links below to find information on UA’s medical plans.

2019 PPO Medical Plan Matrix

2019 HDHP with HSA Matrix 

2019 HDHP Medical Plan Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)

2019 PPO Medical Plan Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC)

2019 HDHP Summary Plan Description 

2019 PPO Summary Plan Description 

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