City and labor reps agree on new health plan premium incentive

The City and employees’ labor representatives have agreed on employee contributions toward health plan premiums for 2012. As a result, next year’s health plan premiums will be lower for employees who complete Medica’s My Health Rewards program than for employees who do not complete the program.

$350 or $1,100 premium incentive offered

The difference in premiums will be based on which Medica network (Choice, Elect or Essential) you enroll in, and will be about will be about $29 a month ($350 per year) for single coverage and about $92 per month ($1,100 per year) for family coverage.

Monthly HRA/VEBA contributions will increase to $90 per month for all employees with single coverage and $190 per month for all employees with family coverage.

To qualify for lower health plan premiums in 2012, you must:

"The City and its labor representatives believe so strongly that employees will benefit from the opportunity to explore their health status and learn about ways to make healthy changes that we are creating a very significant incentive for them to so do," said Pam French, Human Resources Director.

How to get started

The first step toward lower health plan premiums is to complete the health assessment. The assessment takes only about 10 minutes to complete, and you can find log-in instructions on the Benefits webpage.

Once you complete the health assessment, you can begin reading the health topics. The health topics are educational modules that address a variety of subjects and take between 5 to 15 minutes to complete. When you log onto the Health and Wellness page at www.mymedica.com, you will see recommended health topics that address health concerns or wellness interests that are based on your health assessment answers. You can, however, choose to complete any of the health topics on the website.

If you don’t have computer access, contact Medica Customer service at (952) 945-8000 to request a paper copy of the health assessment. Once your paper assessment has been received, you will be sent a paper version of the health topics.

About your wellness information

Medica’s wellness page is administered by an independent contractor, and your personal information is not shared with either Medica or the City of Minneapolis.

Although your medical information or health assessment answers are not shared with the City, the contractor does give the City the name of employees who complete the wellness program (assessments, health topics and coaching) because names are needed to ensure you receive the lower premium rate for 2012. The City also uses the aggregate data to plan wellness programming and evaluate the City’s benefits offerings.

June 22, 2012

Published Jun 22, 2011