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How many PSU employees are paid by third parties?

And how can students or the public know those employees might have a conflict of interest?


March 10, 2023
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The Nittany Lion statue at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania.
Steven M. Falk / Philadelphia Inquirer
A February investigation by ProPublica revealed that Penn State’s student health insurance provider, UnitedHealthcare, pays the salary of the university employee who coordinates coverage. 

Penn State told ProPublica that students “benefit” from the arrangement and that such a relationship is “not uncommon” among student health insurance plans. However, the article highlighted the connection to the insurer was not clear to the public.

In the latest installment of Spotlight PA’s Penn State Transparency Tracker, Investigative Reporter Wyatt Massey asked the university how many university employees are paid by third parties and how the public can know who is paying an employee’s salary.
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