Flu Shot Clinics at Your Campus or Agency

It’s flu season! Now is the time to think about getting a flu shot. Some campuses and agencies are hosting on-site flu clinics.  It may even count as an eligible item on your MyEvive Two-Step Program Personalized Checklist to receive the lowest premium on your health insurance*.

If your campus or agency is hosting a flu clinic in October, it may be listed below. You can always check with your wellness champion or HR/Benefits Office about the best times of year to check for these!

Texas A&M University Corpus-Christi: The events are only open to current faculty, students, and staff and will occur from 10 am-1 pm. Persons attending must bring their SandDollar ID card for entry into the event along with their insurance card. If someone does not have insurance, the out of pocket cost is $42.49.

  • Date: October 13th          Lonestar Ballroom C
  • Date: October 27th          Location – TBD

Texas A&M University-Texarkana: The events are only open to current faculty, students, and staff.

  • Date; October 12th
  • Time: 9:30 am -12:30 pm
  • Location/Address: University Center 116

Texas A&M AgrLife Extension: The events are only open to current faculty, students, and staff.

  • October 6th
  • Time: 8:00 am -11:00 am
  • Location/Address: AgriLife Services Bldg. 1st Floor; 578 John Kimbrough Blvd., College Station, Texas 77843

Texas A&M University:  All Texas A&M University faculty, staff, retirees and dependents who are covered under the A&M Care plan with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas are eligible to receive a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine at one of our free flu vaccine pop-up clinics throughout October.* Additional information regarding times of service will be coming from the Texas A&M University Wellness Program office.

Flu Vaccine Clinics
Date Time Location Type
Saturday, October 9 10:00 am – 4:00 pm College Station High School  Drive-thru
Thursday, October 14 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Memorial Student Center (MSC)  Walk-in
Saturday, October 16 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Fan Field  Drive-Thru
Friday, October 22 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Health Science Center (HSC)  Walk-in
Saturday, October 23 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Bryan High School  Drive-thru
Friday, October 29 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Fan Field  Drive-thru
Saturday, October 30 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Fan Field  Drive-thru

Registration Link

*To determine your eligibility for these clinics, check your Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance card. If your Identification number starts with either TXW or ZGB, you are eligible to participate. If you are not eligible to participate in these clinics, we encourage you to get a flu vaccine at your local pharmacy or medical provider. Students should contact Student Health Services for flu vaccines.

 

Texas A&M Engineering: Available to employees, retirees, and dependents of Engineering employees. Those located at RELLIS may visit the TTI clinic on location November 5th.

  1. Date: November 3, 2021
  2. Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  3. Location: Zachary Bldg., 125 Spence St., Chevron Room (Zach 297)
  4. Vaccine Administration Record (VAR) – Fill out in advance and bring to Clinic

Texas Transportation Institute (TTI): Available to employees, retirees, and dependents.

  • Date: November 5, 2021
  • Time: 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Location/Address: 1111 RELLIS Pkwy, Bryan, TX 77807-3135, Room 1122
  • How to register: Email A-Brister@tti.tamu.edu for required forms or complete on site

Texas A&M University – Central Texas: Hosted by HEB pharmacy. Must be enrolled in the A&M System medical plan.

  1. Date: Wednesday, October 20th
  2. Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  3. Location/Address: Warrior Hall 403/1001 Leadership Place, Killeen, TX 76549
  4. How to register: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094FACAA28A5FF2-flue

Prairie View A&M University: All current faculty, staff, and dependents, remember to bring your BCBSTX Insurance Card, ESI Card, a completed consent form, a photo ID, and your mask!

  1. Date: October 13, 2021
  2. Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  3. Location: John B Coleman Library
  4. How to Register: https://qrco.de/bcPXlw 

MyEvive Incentive Updates for FY22

New Plan Year – New Activities!

Beginning September 1, when logging into MyEvive, you and your covered spouse may see up to 13 health and wellness activities on your Two-Step Wellness Program MyEvive Personalized Checklist (PCL). These may include your annual wellness exam, nationally-recommended preventive screenings, registration in various benefit programs, self-paced wellness courses, and more. Options displayed are based on the United States Preventive Task Force recommended screenings for the prevention of chronic conditions, general demographic information like gender and age, and digital benefit interest programs. For this reason, you may not have the same checklist items as your peer. Some items show up for everyone by default because System Benefits Administration does not receive personal health data to know who may or may not be eligible to participate.

You can choose any two activities from your personal checklist to complete for the $30 wellness incentive credit. Credits are applied to the next plan year for tasks completed in the current plan year*.

New activities this plan year include preventive eye exams, preventive dental cleanings, and Wondr Health participation. Below is the full list of possible options:

• Annual wellness exam (available for everyone)
• A general MyEvive health assessment
• Wondr Health (5 weeks participation)
• Preventive screenings
• Well onTarget self-management courses
• MDLIVE registration
• Where to Go For Care educational video
• A flu shot
• Nutritional counseling
• Preventive eye exams
• Dental cleanings

If you have already completed the Health Assessment, MDLive registration, or the Where to Go for Care video, it will not reappear on your checklist. Completing any two steps on your PCL will ensure that you have the lowest rate for your health insurance premium. Be sure to complete these activities by June 30, 2022, and allow some time for processing! Retirees and graduate student employees enrolled in the Graduate Plan already receive the lower premium and do not need to participate. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield-Well onTarget Health Assessment and your annual wellness exam will still count as the alternative to using the MyEvive portal.

*The checklists restarts September 1, 2021. Simply complete two tasks in FY22 for credit in FY23. Log in to MyEvive.

Go For the Benefits Gold – MyEvive Challenge

The 2021 MyEvive Go for the Benefits Gold Challenge launches June 1st and ends June 30th. All A&M Care Plan enrollees can participate in the challenge for a chance to win the grand prize of a $250 donation to the charity of their institution’s choosing.

What you need to know:

  • Your first step is to register with MyEvive if you have not already done so. Visit https://tamus.myevive.com/ or download the MyEvive App and register.
  • Complete all four Game Days. Game Days will be released the Friday of each week in June (June 4, 11, 18 and 25) on various topics. Play each game by the end of the day!
  • Encourage your fellow coworkers and your spouse (if applicable) to register and play the Game Days.

Evive will keep track of the players each Game Day. The campus or agency with the greatest percentage of total eligible participants in the Game Days will win the grand prize!

If you are not familiar with Evive, it is a one-stop-shop to all of your benefit programs! Those enrolled in the A&M Care Plan can also access their Two-Step Personalized Incentive Checklist within the platform, to earn a $30 premium differential for completing two wellness activities. Register today!

New Plan Year – New Activities on Your Checklist!

When logging into MyEvive, you and your covered spouse may see up to 11 health and wellness activities on your MyEvive Personalized Checklist (PCL). These may include your annual wellness exam, nationally-recommended preventive screenings, registration in various benefit programs, self-paced wellness courses, and more. They are personalized based on general demographic information and recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Some items show up for everyone by default because System Benefits Administration does not receive personal health data to know who may or may not be eligible to participate. You can choose any two activities to complete for the $30 wellness incentive credit for FY22. Credits are applied to the next plan year for tasks completed in the current plan year*.

New activities this plan year include flu shots, nutritional counseling, and preventive skin care exams.

Completing any two steps on your PCL will ensure that you have the lowest rate for your health insurance premium. Be sure to complete these activities by June 30, 2021, and allow some time for processing! Retirees and graduate student employees enrolled in the Graduate Plan already receive the lower premium and do not need to participate. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield-Well onTarget Health Assessment and your annual wellness exam will still count as the alternative to using the MyEvive portal.

*The checklists restarted September 1, 2020. Simply complete two tasks in FY21 for credit in FY22.

Fighting Rising Healthcare Costs through Programming

Inflating healthcare costs have been a trending topic in medical, insurance, and employer conversations for many years. Despite high spending on healthcare in the United States, the life expectancy average is 78.8 years compared to a range of 80.7 to 83.9 in 10 other high-income, industrialized countries. Americans pay almost four times as much for pharmaceutical drugs as citizens of other developed countries, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). And, only 90% of the U.S. population has health insurance1.

Attributing to the increasing costs are a surprisingly small group of high cost claimants for most employer populations. A study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) found that generally, “20 percent of those insured by employer-based health benefits in the U.S. account for 80 percent of total spending on health care service” with a mere one percent accounting for 28 percent of total spending.

The study examined 5.8 million, employer-insured individuals that spent $38 billion on healthcare services in 2017 and found that the two percent of the population consistently spending the highest amount for healthcare services in 5 years accounted for 19 percent of total spending in 2017. The individuals had similar characteristics such as the presence of certain medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension, back problems/connective tissues problems, and respiratory diseases, and in most cases the claimants were the spouse of the insurance policy holder2.

Based on this data, it is not surprising to find the A&M System insured population of over 50,000 individuals mirrors these trends. Reports from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, the health insurance carrier for the A&M System, show that 5 percent of the current health plan population is diabetic (2,241 members), 15% of the current health plan population has hypertension (6,384 members), 20% of the current health plan population has both diabetes and hypertension (8,625 members), and 21% of the current health plan population has a musculoskeletal condition involving the back, knee, hip, neck or shoulder (12.932 members)3.

MyEvive also reported concerning health numbers on the MyEvive health survey that was applied as a wellness incentive credit activity in 2019. 58% of about 15,000 people completed the Heath Assessment and of those respondents, one-fifth self-diagnosed as having hypertension. 39% of respondents identified as having two or less of the indicators of metabolic syndrome, 4% said symptoms of a chronic condition held them back from doing day-to-day activities, and 24% would like to know more about nutrition.4 The infographic below provides more data about the A&M System population and its engagement with activities on the MyEvive checklists.

How A&M System Benefits Administration is responding
The EBRI confirms that cost-sharing is simply not enough to combat the rising costs of healthcare2. Industry experts encourage employers to help employees tackle conditions before they become high cost claimants through wellness programming. In 2018, the A&M System expanded its incentive-driven Wellness Program from employees completing a wellness exam for credit as had been the case for the last 4 years, to completing both the annual exam and the assessment survey. This encouraged employees to access MyEvive, which houses a plethora of benefit program resources, reminds employees about preventive screenings, chronic condition management, and other gaps in care. It also identified areas in the program which could be improved, such as an increase in access to nutritional resources and stress management.

In 2019, the program was again expanded to include more options and programs available to the A&M System-insured population, outside of preventive screenings. Employees were encouraged to take Well onTarget self-management courses, engage with Naturally Slim, or use a virtual service for behavioral health management.

Because the insurance plan has seen favorable results from these efforts and all-time high preventive screening adherence rates, premiums are remaining steady for full-time employees in FY2021, for the 5th year in a row. That is extremely uncommon in the medical insurance community today, with the exponential rising cost of healthcare. The wellness program is again expanding to include preventive skin care screening, nutritional counseling, and flu shots, combined with a new approach brought to us by some new vendor partners. The A&M System and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas have partnered with Omada, Livongo, and Hinge Health to address chronic condition management for diabetes, hypertension, and musculoskeletal conditions in the A&M System insured population. These partners simplify treatment by using digital education and technology, making their programs easy-to-follow and more engaging for eligible individuals.

It is too early to tell if these continued efforts will drive costs down, but all signs point to “yes”. A&M System Benefits Administration continues to adjust wellness programming and insurance plan design to meet the needs of its insured population while maintaining a robust benefit package for everyone enrolled.

 

1- JAMA. “Health Care Spending in the United States and Other High-Income Countries.” https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2674671
2-https://www.ebri.org/docs/default-source/ebri-press-release/pr-1254-highcostclaims-24oct19.pdf
3-This data is based on claims and provided to the A&M System Benefits Administration Office as aggregate, demographic data to protect the privacy of individuals according to HIPAA laws.
4-This data is based on aggregate data from an anonymous survey and individual details are not shared with A&M System Benefits Administration according to HIPAA laws. MyEvive Annual Report.

Two-Step Wellness Program Reminder

Two-Step Wellness Program Reminder

When logging into MyEvive, employees and covered spouses may see up to 7 health and wellness activities on their MyEvive Personalized Checklists (PCL). These may include your annual wellness exam, nationally-recommended preventive screenings, registration in various benefit programs, self-paced wellness courses, and more. They are personalized based on general demographic information and recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Some items, like Naturally Slim, show up for everyone by default because System Benefits Administration does not receive personal health data to know who may or may not be eligible to participate. You can choose any two activities to complete for the incentive credit for FY21. Credits are applied to the next plan year for tasks completed in the current plan year*.

Completing any two steps on your PCL will ensure that you have the lowest rate for your health insurance premiums. Be sure to complete these activities by August 31, the extended deadline, and allow some time for processing! Retirees and graduate student employees enrolled in the Graduate Plan already receive the lower premium and do not need to participate. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield-Well onTarget Health Assessment and your annual wellness exam will still count as the alternative to using the MyEvive portal.

*Those who had not yet completed the HA and Wellness Exam to receive credit for FY20 can still complete these two tasks to receive their credit for the remainder of this fiscal year. If one of those checklist items was completed in FY19, you must then complete one more task to equal two tasks in the current plan year to receive the credit for FY21. The checklists will restart in FY21, with no partial completion accepted; simply complete two tasks in FY21 for credit in FY22.

Some new wellness tasks will be replacing some existing ones at the start of the new plan year so be looking for those!