Penn State President Rodney A. Erickson,  Benefits Office, and Trustees : Stop the New Penn State "Wellness" Program and its Surcharges.
  • Petitioned President Rodney A. Erickson

This petition was delivered to:

0201 Old Main, University Park
President Rodney A. Erickson
Vice-President for Human Resources, 0505 James M Elliott Building, University Park, PA
Susan McGarry Basso
205 Old Main, University Park, PA
Keith E. Masser, Chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees
Brenton M. Yarnal, Chair, University Faculty Senate
Jonna M. Kulikowich, Chair Elect, University Faculty Senate, Penn State

Penn State President Rodney A. Erickson, Benefits Office, and Trustees : Stop the New Penn State "Wellness" Program and its Surcharges.

    1. Brian Curran
    2. Petition by

      Brian Curran

      State College, PA

Penn's State's new Health Care policies, which have been rolled out quietly in the middle of the summer, include an excessively invasive "Take Care of Your Health" plan that forces employees, by imposing a massive, $1200 a year surcharge, to submit to poorly and unprofessionally mass-organized blood tests and "biometric screenings." Included in this mandate is an additional mandate, requiring all employees and their spouses/SSDPs, to fill out an incredibly invasive "Wellness Profile" that, if taken, immediately shares ALL of the person's private medical information with WebMD, a third-party agency with a far from comforting record in the area of privacy. Not long after this "initiative" was initiated, two new surcharges were announced: One directed at employees who self-identify as smokers, the other to employees with spouses covered by the plan who are presently eligible for coverage by their own employer. Each and every one of these policies-raises serious questions related to patient privacy and medical ethics. But perhaps most importantly, their punitive character raises fundamental concerns regarding the relationship between Penn State as an employer and its employees, who might have expected better after enduring the challenges of the last two years. In light of these concerns, not to mention the almost complete lack of appropriate consultation with representative bodies across the university, we ask, indeed, we demand, that implementation be IMMEDIATELY stopped, or at the very least delayed, so that further consultation with the employees and their representatives can begin. 


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    Reasons for signing

    • mineh millard UNIVERSITY PARK, PA, PA
      • 5 months ago

      Have we not paid enough astronomical fees to be hit with more fees and increased rates? And we are paying into this with healthcare services that are CRAP!

    • Sherry Hess ALLPORT, PA
      • 11 months ago


    • Jack Wilkinson MORRISDALE, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      because we still live in a free country, where will it stop, everything continues to go up here at PSU, and the employees bear the cost... its not our fault they had a scandal, and we shouldnt have to pay for it...!!!!

    • David O'Neill BELLEFONTE, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      I think our health Ins. premiums are already to expensive.

    • Ken MacDonald TORONTO, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      If the people who implemented this plan do not understand the serious breach of ethics that it contains, they have no business working in a university.


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