Half of all employees will pay higher health care premiums in 2012

Without quick action by about half of our workforce, it appears that about half of our staff will be paying more for their health care premiums than they need to. That’s because more than 55 percent of City employees still haven’t completed Medica’s Health Rewards program.

Employees who dont complete the program by the Aug. 31 deadline will pay $350 (single coverage) or $1,100 (family coverage) more

If you haven’t yet completed Medica’s Health Rewards program and you want to qualify for the lower premium, you have only about two weeks to meet the Aug. 31 deadline.

Requirement for premium savings in 2012

To qualify for the lower premium, these actions must be completed no later than Aug. 31, 2011:

How to continue your progress

If youve already completed the health assessment (nearly 70 percent of employees have), but havent yet finished eight health topics, log back onto mymedica.com (via Health & Wellness tab) and select the health topics tab. The health topics are organized in categories, which are listed across the top of the health topics page. You can choose topics from any category. Simply complete eight topics that interest you.

Each health topic takes about 5-10 minutes to review. At the end of each topic, you will be asked to set a goal in order to be counted as completing that health topic. Please be aware that there is no requirement that you complete your goal and no one will be following up on your goal achievement.

It’s not too late to begin

If you havent completed the health assessment, theres still time. Visit mymedica.com and click on the Health & Wellness tab. If you’re visiting this site for the first time, you will need to register by clicking on the Register Now button. (You will need your Medica ID card for this step.)

After you’ve logged in, click on the Health & Wellness tab. Then click on the health assessment. When the assessment opens, all you have to do is answer the questions by checking the boxes. It should only take about 10 minutes to complete.

For more information

If you need more information about the wellness incentive program, check this CityTalk article.

Aug. 17, 2011

Published Aug 17, 2011