Two-Step Wellness Program Reminder and Update

Two-Step Wellness Program Reminder and Update

When logging into MyEvive, employees and covered spouses in the A&M Care Plans will see a variety 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. Items on your checklist are programmatically displayed based on age/gender, United States Preventive Task Force Guidelines on preventive screenings, and then educational wellness activities. Some items, like Naturally Slim, show up for everyone by default because System Benefits Administration does not receive personal health data to single out those services. 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*.

As we face the COVID-19 national emergency together, the safety and well-being of our employees, their families, and their communities is our top priority. That’s why we encourage you to delay any non-essential care you may have coming up, like biometric screenings and annual wellness exams. It can help lower the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others, and ensure that healthcare resources are there for the patients who need them the most. Accordingly, we extended the wellness incentive program completion date to August 31st, 2020. Please also note there are several checklist activities that can be completed virtually and we encourage you to participate in those programs to promote your health and wellbeing during this stressful time.

Completing any two steps on your PCL will ensure that you have the lowest rate for your health insurance premiums. 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 (BCBS HA) and your annual wellness exam will still count as the alternative to using the MyEvive portal. The BCBS HA may not be paired with an activity other than the wellness exam for credit.

*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 this fiscal year. You will then complete one more task to equal two tasks in the current plan year to continue receiving the credit in FY21.

SEBAC Highlights

The System Employee Benefits Advisory Committee met for the second time during FY20 on February 22, 2020. The current state of the benefit plans was discussed. Below are some highlights from the meeting:

 

  • Health plan enrollment increased slightly as the number of employees and retirees overall has increased since last year. There are currently 30,738 covered employees and retirees, and 25,819 covered dependents. Total paid claims for the health plan are slightly higher than at the same time during FY19 and total $105.7M as of the end of December.
  • System Benefits Administration is required to bid the health plan every 6 years. Requests for Proposals were submitted for two carriers, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield will remain the health insurance plan provider for FY21-FY27. Their bid offered significant savings in provider discounts over the next closest bidder.
  • The Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Request for Proposals are currently under review by the A&M System. The finalist will be announced on April 22.
  • MDLIVE, the virtual visit service that allows covered plan participants to talk to a doctor via video and phone, has been active for 18 months. We are performing better than book of business for utilization comparable to other higher education entities.
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas reported that cancer continues to be the System’s highest diagnostic category followed by musculoskeletal and circulatory conditions. Breast cancer is our highest-cost cancer and most prevalent with 7/1000 claimants per year. Cervical/colorectal cancer costs remain below benchmark, which is attributed to early detection from the preventive screenings. System Benefits Administration continues to use this data to strategically assess the employee wellness program and participation in preventive screenings.
  • A&M System participants are above the BCBSTX benchmark on all preventive screenings (Colon, breast, wellness, well-baby, well-child, etc).
    A&M System Benchmark
    Cholesterol 58.5% 37%
    Annual Wellness Exam 69% 39.6%
    Mammmograms 62.7% 45.6%
  • Health plans are evolving towards a wellbeing management structure, which involves increasing targeted communications to raise awareness and boost utilization of existing programs.
  • The biggest cost driver in student plans for last year across the country, as well as in our plan, was prescription drugs.
Naturally Slim Application Period

Naturally Slim Application Period

A new Naturally Slim application period opens on April 6th. This is a 10-week behavior-based program that helps you change how and when you eat instead of what you eat. Employees/retirees and their spouses who meet the Naturally Slim® participation requirements and are enrolled in the A&M Care, 65 PLUS, or J plans, can complete the program at no cost to them. The program is accessible via computer and mobile device.

Space is limited. Apply between April 6 – 17, 2020 at www.naturallyslim.com/TAMUS2020. The Naturally Slim program starts May 4, 2020.

Naturally Slim may also be on your Two-Step Wellness Program checklist. If you complete 5 sessions, you will receive credit for completing one task! Visit MyEvive to learn more.

Naturally Slim Program Dates

Naturally Slim Program Dates

Naturally Slim®, a program to help you lose weight and decrease your risk factors for metabolic syndrome using behavior modification, has been a success across the A&M System with over 4,300 pounds lost by employees and retirees in just the last session! Naturally Slim is available at NO COST to you and is accessible via computer and mobile device so you can participate whenever it’s convenient, wherever you are. A new enrollment date is coming up in February.

Application Open Date: 2/3/20

Application Close Date: 2/14/20

You can apply at Naturallyslim.com/tamus and Naturally Slim will let you know if you are accepted based on their criteria. Naturally Slim may also be on your Two-Step Wellness Program checklist. If you complete 5 sessions, you will receive credit for completing one task! Visit MyEvive to learn more.

Walk Across Texas (WAT!)

Walk Across Texas (WAT!)

Walk Across Texas is an 8-week program created by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service with the goal of getting people in the habit of regular physical activity. WAT! gets its name from the 830 miles it would take to walk across the state of Texas. The goal of WAT! is to participate in enough physical activity to match the equivalent of walking 830 miles. There is a range of activities that can count towards your goal such as jogging, swimming, biking, rollerblading, or using cardio machines at the gym. Dancing and gardening even count and there is a mileage calculator to identify the miles/activity on the Walk Across Texas website. You can start at any time. Many System campuses and agencies use this opportunity to create some friendly competition with dozens of 8-person teams. Contact your Wellness Coordinator or Human Resources office at your institution or find out more at https:// walkacrosstexas.org/.

The New Personalized Wellness Checklist

Completing two steps on your MyEvive Personalized checklist* will ensure that you have the lowest rate for your health insurance premium.

Your Personalized Wellness Checklist may contain up to 5 activities such as your annual wellness exam, preventive screenings, Well onTarget Self-Management Programs, MyEvive HealthQuests, health tool registrations and more. You only have to choose two to complete by June 30th to receive your wellness credit for FY21.

Highlights of the Wellness Incentive:

  • Complete two optional wellness activities between September 1 and June 30.
  • Applies to employees AND covered spouses enrolled in the A&M Care Plan.
  • A premium reduction of $30 per month will be applied for each individual (you and your spouse) who completes the wellness exam and second task by the June 30 deadline.
  • Retirees and Grad Plan enrollees will automatically receive the lower premium.

You can verify your completion status for the wellness premium incentive by logging into your MyEvive account through SSO at https://sso.tamus.edu/.

If you choose not to participate in the wellness premium incentive program, you will not receive the $30 premium reduction. Contact MyEvive member services if you believe you have completed any task, but the information is not reflected in your MyEvive account. (note: remember that it can take 6 to 8 weeks from the time of an appointment or exam for the claim to process and the incentive to show on your MyEvive account.

*The alternate health assessment available on Well onTarget through Blue Access for Members (BAM) can also count toward your wellness credit.