Options for earning preferred health insurance rate expanded to offer more flexibility

The wellness program that enables City employees to qualify for a reduced contribution rate on their health insurance premium has been expanded to make it more flexible and personalized for 2013.

Under the revamped program, employees who earn 300 points for completing any combination of the health actions listed below by Aug. 31, 2013 will qualify for the wellness rate on their 2014 health coverage. (Nearly 85 percent of City employees earned the wellness rate for 2013 and, as a result, are paying $360 less for single coverage or $1,200 less for family coverage than the folks who didn’t finish the program.)

How to start earning a lower rate

To start the program, visit mymedica.com and click on the Health & Wellness tab. The first time you visit the site in 2013, you’ll be asked to complete a short health questionnaire called the Personal Health Profile. When you do, you will be awarded your first 100 points.

Options to earn points

Once you complete the Personal Health Profile, you’ll be able to view your Personal Health Scorecard on mymedica.com. Points you have earned and points you are eligible to earn in the future will be listed there. When you first visit your scorecard, you will see the four health actions listed below that you can take to improve your health and earn the wellness premium.

Additional options

Up to two more health actions may be added to your scorecard if you are invited by Medica to participate in either the Health Coaching or Tobacco Cessation programs. You also have the option of referring yourself to these programs by calling Medica at 1-866-905-7430.

You do not have to participate in these programs — even if you are invited. To earn the preferred premium, you must, however, take three actions to earn a total of 300 points.

Programs for people with specific conditions

Some employees may be invited to participate in and earn points for completing programs that are designed for individuals with specific conditions or diagnoses.

You do not have to participate in these programs — even if you are invited. To earn the preferred premium, you must, however, take three actions to earn a total of 300 points.

For more information about the wellness program, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/hr and click on the Health & Wellness tab.

Published Jan. 16, 2013