LSU Health Sciences Center Human Resource Management

Health Insurance Plans

Employees working 30 hours (75% effort) or more per week are eligible to participate in one of the health plans.  Coverage is effective the first day of the month following one full calendar month of employment.  Newly hired or newly eligible employees have 30 days to enroll on the earliest possible date.  Employees may enroll or add a dependent as a "late applicant" at any time during the year.  The effective date of the coverage depends upon what time of the month the paperwork was submitted.  The deadline to be effective the first of the following month is no later than the 14th of each month.  Premiums for Health Insurance are paid one month in advance and are deducted through payroll deductions. To add or delete a dependent from a health plan, employee must complete an Enrollment/Change Form (GB01) available through the Benefits section. For newborns/adoptions, coverage is not automatic even if you have family coverage.  There is a 30 day window to add the new dependent in order for coverage to be retroactive to the date of birth/adoption.

Please click on the links below for more information.


Medical Plans

Please read the plan brochure to familiarize yourself with the pre-certification procedures of your plan.  Failure to follow required pre-certification procedures will result in a loss of benefits.  Each health plan includes mental health/substance abuse coverage and prescription drug benefits.

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)/Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana

Pharmacy Provider:
Catamaran Rx:
Mental Health & Substance Abuse:
Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Indemnity Plan featuring a network of contracted providers and facilities. 

  • Annual deductibles of $500/person and coinsurance apply.

  • Freedom to select from network physicians; no referrals required.

  • 50/50 pharmacy benefit; employee pays 50% of cost up to $50/prescription.

  • FDA approved generic usage mandatory

  • Unlimited benefits.


HMO by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of LA

Pharmacy Provider:
Catamaran Rx
Mental Health & Substance Abuse:
Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Nationwide network

  • No deductibles, fixed co-payments for services.

  • Out of network services available only for emergency care.

  • $90 one time co-pay for maternity care physician visits.

  • Discounts for dental, vision, hearing, massage therapy, and cosmetic surgery available at no additional cost.

  • 50/50 pharmacy benefits: employee pays 50% of cost up to $50/prescription.

  • FDA approved generic drug usage mandatory.

  • Unlimited benefits.

Plan documents including provider directory posted at (Quick links - Health Plans)

LSU First Health Plan

  • Nationwide network of providers to select from utilizing Aetna ASA provides nationwide, the First Choice providers and Verity Health’s Louisiana network.
  • LSU deposits money into a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). The money in this account applies toward your deductible.
  • No out of pocket expenses until HRA is exhausted.
  • If expenses exceed your HRA, then you are responsible for a deductible based on the level of coverage (employee only, employee + spouse, employee + child or family).
  • Once the deductible has been met, plan pays 90% in network providers or 70% to out of network providers.
  • Any unused HRA balance on January 1st rolls over and can be used in future years. The more money in the HRA, the lower the deductible; it's possible to eliminate the deductible entirely.
  • Each member receives a personalized web site with health resources and tools to help maximize your healthcare needs.
  • No co-pay at the pharmacy for prescription drugs. Generic drugs are available at no cost after HRA is exhausted.
  • Preventive Care Covered 100% with in-network providers. 
  • First Choice Providers offering 100% coverage after HRA is exhausted.
  • Employee has $5,000 Critical Illness policy; $500/child (spouse not included).
  • Extensive Employee Assistance services available at no cost.
  • Unlimited lifetime maximum.

Consumer Driven High Deductible Plan - Administered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield

Phone: 1-800-392-4089

Restricted Enrollment Eligibility:

CANNOT participate in the HSA if you have:

  • You or Spouse are enrolled in Health Care Flexible Spending Account

  • Medical coverage under a non-Consumer Driven health plan

  • TRICARE or TRICARE for Life

  • Used any VA benefits within the last 3 months

  • Medicare Part A and/or Part B

Deductibles Out of Pocket Maximum
Employee Only - $1,250 $2,000 + deductible
Employee plus 1 - $2,500 $4,000 + deductible
Family of 3 - $3,000 $6,000 + deductible
Family of 4 - $3,000 $8,000 + deductible
Family of 5- $3,000 $8,900 + deductible

After deductible is met, plan members pays

  • 20% co-insurance for network providers
  • 30% co-insurance for non-network providers

Health Care Spending Account (HSA) Option

Voluntary enrollment, however only employees enrolled in the Consumer Driven High Deductible Health Plan may elect to contribute to the HSA.

  • You can use your HSA to pay eligible expenses.

  • Reimbursement limited to current account balance.

  • Funds can roll from one plan year to the next.

Contribution Limits

  • $3,250 (individual coverage)

  • $6,450 (family coverage)

  • Can add an additional $1,000 if you are age 55 or over

For a chart of the comparisons between plans, please click here.