Penn State

Penn State employees invited to session on health care plan

A group of Penn State faculty members will hold a session Friday to discuss the university’s latest health care plan that’s been a source of criticism from employees who say it’s an invasion of privacy.

The forum, from noon to 2:30 p.m. in Room S5 of the Osmond Building, is sponsored by the Penn State chapter of American Association of University Professors, and organizers are inviting faculty, staff, retirees, students and families from all campuses.

The organizers said the health care plan, which requires a biometric screening or a monthly fine for those who decline to take it, is the “the last straw,” and they’re calling on employees to provide input on how to respond to the health care plan.

Penn State has defended the measures in the health care plan as ones that will save the employees money. The university has said the personal health information provided will be kept confidential.

In addition, the health care plan will be a topic of discussion at the University Faculty Senate meeting at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Kern Building. Susan Basso, the vice president for human resources, will be on hand to field questions from faculty.