Dean College Improves Faculty and Staff Health Benefits to Attract and Retain Talent - Joins edHEALTH’s Purchasing Collaborative

Jan 23
Dean College
Dean College

By CYNTHIA McGRATH | January 23, 2019

FRANKLIN, MA – Attracting and retaining talented faculty and staff is a top concern of many colleges and universities. Dean College was looking to gain a competitive edge when it decided to improve its employee health benefits and join edHEALTH, a purchasing collaborative of 22 colleges and universities, effective January 1, 2020. The move halved employees’ out-of-pocket deductible.

“Offering robust healthcare benefits enables us to attract and retain quality employees,” said Daniel Modelane, Vice President of Financial Services and Treasurer of Dean College. “The previous deductible was a lot of exposure for our employees, and this enhancement will be a helpful recruiting tool.”

“Dean was looking to move to a self-insurance arrangement for staff healthcare costs,” said Sean Carney, Partner, 360 Corporate Benefit Advisors, the school’s benefits consultant. “Moving to edHEALTH is a long-term healthcare strategy. This group of edHEALTH schools provides a sense of community and camaraderie for the betterment of the higher education industry.”

With the move to edHEALTH, the school is expecting first year savings of up to $250,000. “The larger purchasing group protects Dean College in a bad claims year, while allowing it to share in the benefits of a good year,” said Mr. Modelane.

“We’re so happy to have Dean College join our growing roster of colleges and universities,” said A. Tracy Hassett, edHEALTH’s President and CEO. “They’ve evaluated the option for a while, and liked the long-term results edHEALTH has provided its member schools.”

“Our employees are staying with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and the transition to edHEALTH has run very smoothly with weekly calls to be sure all of the implementation pieces remain on track,” said Mr. Modelane. Employees received their ID cards and plan materials. “There was no disruption to doctors and hospital access. For the few employees affected by the prescription drug formulary change, we communicated with them to help minimize any disruption. The feedback from employees about the changes is very positive.”

“For Dean College, the deductible improvement is a home run for recruiting and retaining employees,” said Carney.


Dean College

Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community for more than 150 years, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference. 

edHEALTH, established in 2013, provides high quality healthcare options at lower costs for 23 college, university, and secondary school members and their families. Its guiding principles include ownership, transparency, innovation, and savings.

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