More ways to save money on your health insurance with the new 2014 Wellness Program
You now have more opportunities to earn points toward your 2014 employee wellness program. That means more ways to save money on your 2015 health insurance premium and earn an HRA/VEBA bonus.
You may now earn points for:
- Taking health and wellness classes (50 points): These classes are offered by the City and held onsite. Choose to learn about an area that interests you and can help improve your health. Look for more information on health and wellness classes coming soon in Minneapolis Matters.
- Biking to work (50 points): Bike to work or use Nice Ride 50 times. Bike trips are tracked using ZAP technology.
- Eating healthy (25 points): Use Medica’s Healthy Savings card five different times and earn points while saving money on healthy food.
- Getting your flu shot (25 points): Pledge that you have received the flu vaccine within the most recent flu season, September 2013 to May 2014.
- Tracking your fitness activity (25 points): Pledge that you have exercised at least 30 minutes, eight times in a month. When you meet that goal for three months, you will receive the points. You must enter exercise in the month that it occurred.
- Staying up to date on preventive cancer screenings (75 points each): You will earn points by keeping current on the following cancer screenings that are recommended based on age and gender. If you have a screening that is up to date that isn’t listed on your scorecard, submit a Health Action Notification Form to receive points.
- Breast cancer screening: Recommended every two years for women older than 40.
- Colorectal cancer screening: Recommended for men and women older than 50. A colonoscopy is recommended every 10 years or a sigmoidoscopy every five years or a fecal occult blood test every year.
- Cervical cancer screening: Recommended every three years for women ages 21 to 65.
You also will continue to earn points for:
- Completing your personal health profile (100 points): Evaluate your health and identify areas to work on. Complete a short assessment and earn program points and a $20 gift card from Medica. The assessment is available by signing in at www.mymedica.com. If you don’t have computer access, request a paper copy by calling Medica at (952) 945-8000.
- Learning about health topics and setting health goals (50 points): Review eight health topics and set eight health goals to earn program points and a $40 gift card from Medica. Topics and goals are available by singing in at www.mymedica.com. If you don’t have computer access, request a paper copy by calling Medica at (952) 945-8000.
- Getting a health and wellness screening (100 points): Learn about your health status with a screening that checks your body mass index, sugar in your blood (glucose), fat in your blood (triglycerides), cholesterol, (total cholesterol, HDL and LDL) and blood pressure. You can either have the screening done at a work site event [LM1] or by your doctor. If you have testing done by your doctor, submit a Health Action Notification Form with your lab results to receive program points.
- Working with a health coach (100 points): Complete two calls with a health coach by August 31, 2014, to earn 100 points. You must be invited or self refer to the program no later that June 1 to receive the points. The entire program takes 4-6 months to complete. When you do so by Dec. 31, 2014, you'll also receive a $75 gift card from Medica. Call (866) 905-7430 to get started.
- Quitting tobacco (50 points): Leave tobacco behind for good. Get telephone counseling and support, plus free nicotine replacement therapy to help you quit. When you complete the tobacco cessation program by Aug. 31, 2014, you'll earn program points. Call (800) 934-4824 to enroll.
Participating in condition-specific programs: Some employees may be invited to participate in and earn points for the following programs due to their individual circumstances. These programs are not available to everyone – you must be invited by Medica to participate.
- Healthy Pregnancy (50 points)
- Treatment decision support (50 points)
- Medication therapy management (50 points)
- Case management (50 points)
Please note, point totals for some of the health actions changed this year.
When you earn 300 points for completing any combination of the above health activities and report your points on mymedica.com by Aug. 31, 2014, you will receive a discount on your monthly health insurance coverage next year. In 2014, savings averaged $400 a year for a single person and $1,200 a year for families.
An additional $200 HRA/VEBA contribution will be available with the 2014 Wellness Program. To receive this contribution, if you have single coverage (or family with children only) you need to earn more than 300 points. If you have family coverage, your spouse must complete the health assessment during 2014 Wellness Program.
Published Feb 5, 2014