Wellness Webinars: Partner Programs

Learn more about the digital programs available to your through your health insurance plan!

Livongo – Battling Diabetes and Hypertension

*Eligibility: Must be diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension, have received communications from Livongo, and be an employee, retiree, or dependent enrolled in the A&M Care, 65 Plus, or J plans to participate in the program.

When: February 18th, 2021 at 10:00 am
Register: https://tamus.webex.com/tamus/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecf4b40286890d61e41a864325feae37c

 

Well onTarget ®Health Management with your BCBS Health Plan

*Eligibility: Must be an employee or dependent enrolled in the A&M Care, 65 Plus, or J plans to access Well onTarget ®.

Webinar Overview:

A comprehensive worksite wellness initiative should include innovative programs and activities to support and engage your employees throughout their well-being journey. Well onTarget ® offers a complete suite of integrated services designed to enhance member engagement, impact health care costs, improve health outcomes and meet the wellness needs of all members – no matter where they are on the health continuum.

What to expect: Join the Employee Webinar to learn more about Well onTarget ® and the robust wellness suite of services to take your wellness journey to the next level. Topics will cover:

  • Expanded digital self-management programs
  • New Personal wellness challenges
  • New health education offerings
  • Coaching

Speaker:

Laurie Weatherby, M.S., CWPC, CPT, Wellness Specialist, has been in the health and wellness industry for over 14 years and with Blue Cross and Blue Shield for three years. Her experience includes health education, health fitness specialist, certified personal trainer and wellness program manager, working with organizations to help them implement and promote wellness programs for their employees. She currently leads educational presentations on a variety of health-related topics, including overviews of the wellness platform, Well onTarget®.

When: February 24th 2021 at 11:00 AM
Register: https://tamus.webex.com/tamus/onstage/g.php?MTID=e72532430ec2046b2b0174436092da623

 

Hinge Health – At Home Therapy for Neck, Hip, Joint, Back, and Shoulder Pain

When: March 3, 2021 at  2:00 PM
Register: https://tamus.webex.com/tamus/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9c9258fc7ad4661a15f2884c41f5d9e6

 

February is Heart Health Month

February is Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, but there is a lot you can do to prevent it. Each February, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and The Heart Truth celebrate Heart Health Month to encourage healthy lifestyles and help combat heart disease.

The Heart Truth suggests taking these steps to adopt a healthy lifestyle:

  1. Get a daily dose of physical activity, such as a brisk, 30-minute walk
  2. Cook meals that are low in sodium and unhealthy fats
  3. Take your medications as prescribed and keep your medical appointments
  4. Sleep 7-8 hours at night
  5. Manage stress with meditation, yoga, a warm bath, other personal hobbies, or quiet time
  6. Try to reach or stay at a healthy weight by moving more and having snacks like fruits and veggies ready to have when hunger hits

Check out Your Wellness Program Offerings

COVID-19 has made going to the gym difficult, but it has challenged your Wellness Champions at your campus and agency to get creative with their wellness programs. You might be surprised to find several digital offerings available to you!

Click here to find out what your wellness champion or agency is doing.

 

BCBSTX Fitness Program Enrollment Fee Waived for February

If you are enrolled in the Well onTarget® fitness program, you now have access to BurnAlong. BurnAlong allows you full access to thousands of digital fitness videos and live classes – all at no extra cost. Digital classes available include cardio, bootcamp, barre, yoga and more. This gives Fitness Program members an additional option to stay active from the comfort and safety of their own homes. BurnAlong can be accessed through the Well OnTarget® Fitness Program portal. Members have BurnAlong access as long as their Well onTarget® Fitness Program membership is active. The benefit is available to all Fitness Program members regardless of the tier they join.

If you would like to enroll in the fitness program, log in to Blue Access for Members (BAM) at bcbstx.com and search for the Fitness Program under Quick Links. You will need to enter the code STARTINFEB during enrollment to join for free before February 28. If you have any questions or prefer to enroll over the phone, call 888-762-BLUE (2583) Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., CT. Enrolling in the Fitness Program also earns you Blue Points!

Fitness Program Flyer

 

 

 

 

New BCBSTX Health and Wellness Partner Programs

Exciting news! As of September 1, 2020, several new health partner programs are in effect in collaboration with your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) insurance plans. If you are enrolled in the A&M Care, 65 Plus, and J plans, you may be eligible to participate in Hinge Health, Omada, or Livongo.

Hinge Health

If you experience chronic back, hip, or knee pain, you might want to check out Hinge Health. This is a 12-week, coach-led digital musculoskeletal (MSK) program based on proven nonsurgical care guidelines. It is delivered remotely using mobile and wearable technology. Hinge Health is focused on 3 core pillars:

  • Exercise Therapy –Wearable sensors and tablet provided for real-time movements feedback.
  • Behavioral Health – Cognitive behavioral therapy and unlimited 1:1 coaching.
  • Education – Personalized and interactive education curriculum.

Participants go through a clinical screening to determine eligibility. You can submit the screening questionnaire at https://hingehealth.com/ if you are interested in the program. Your eligible Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance plan will cover the program cost if you are accepted!

Omada

Omada is a digital lifestyle change program to help reduce the risks of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and hypertension. Omada brings together the individualized attention of professional health coaches with a researched curriculum and manageable but powerful goals.

  • It helps connects the dots between knowing how to get healthy and actually doing it.
  • You get the support and tools you need, including an interactive program, wireless scale, health coach, and more.

Participants go through an application process to determine eligibility. Both the program and shipping are free to you if you are accepted into the program, and enrolled in the above health plans. Visit https://omadahealth.com to take the one-minute risk screener. You are eligible to apply if the screener results indicate a risk – then you can complete the online application.

Livongo

Livongo is a program specifically for those diagnosed with Type I or Type II diabetes or hypertension. You will be contacted by Livongo if you are determined to be eligible for the program. You cannot apply to join the program without being contacted.
The Livongo diabetes program includes:

  • An advanced meter
  • Unlimited strips and lancets
  • 24/7 support from Livongo Expert Coaches

The Livongo hypertension program includes:

  • Free, connected blood pressure monitor
  • Better blood pressure management
  • Personalized support

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.

Getting Ready for Open Enrollment 2020

Open Enrollment is right around the corner and it is a great time to review your benefits. How often did you go to the dentist this past year? Are you filling maintenance prescriptions that might be cheaper through mail order? Did you complete your two-step wellness incentive tasks? These are questions to consider when thinking about next year’s benefit elections.

IMPORTANT: All Open Enrollment meetings will be virtual this year!

Due to COVID-19, System Benefits Administration has made the decision to conduct virtual open enrollment meetings by Webex Presentations throughout the month of July. A calendar is posted on the Open Enrollment website and below with information on how to attend your virtual Open Enrollment meeting. Please record this information in advance so you are ready to either call in or log into your meeting by computer.

Here are plan updates for September 1:

  1. The A&M Care full-time premiums are remaining the same for the 5th year in a row; however, other plan premiums, including part-time premiums and the graduate student plan premiums, are changing. Please review the premium sheets found on the A&M System Benefits Open Enrollment website.
  2. Family, group, and marriage counseling will now be covered by the A&M Care, J and 65+ health insurance plans.
  3. A new coverage tier is being added to the A&M Care 65 Plus and A&M Care Plans. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas-designated Blue Distinction Centers have a proven record of delivering specialty care and results. Blue Distinction Center care includes the following categories: bariatric surgery, cardiac care, knee/hip replacement, spine surgery, and transplants. This tier will be covered at 90% coinsurance for inpatient services. The benefits of the Blue Distinction Centers are available to 65 PLUS plan members, but there is no plan savings since, in most cases, Blue Cross and Blue Shield pays what Medicare does not pay for inpatient hospitalizations.
  4. Polycarbonate lenses and standard anti-reflective lenses are now covered in full for participants and dependents enrolled in the vision plan.
  5. The vision premium will have a small increase $.60 per month for employee only and $1.72 for employee and family and include the above additional coverage.
  6. Every 6 years, the A&M System Benefits Administration office is required to bid the insurance plans. This year, during the Request for Proposal process, a new Life Insurance carrier was selected. The Hartford will be the new carrier for FY21, however, there will be no plan changes.
  7. The MDLIVE Virtual Visits copay will decrease from $20 to $10 for the A&M Care, J, and 65 Plus plans. Virtual Visits is a way to conduct doctor’s or behavioral health appointments for non-emergency conditions by phone, video, or the MDLIVE app 24/7. To register for MDLIVE, go to MDLIVE.com/bcbstx and enter the information found on your ID card.
  8. Dependent Life Insurance Plan B has been split into Spouse Life B and Child Life B. This change has not changed the coverage amount and slightly lowered the premium for some enrollees. The premium is now: Spouse Plan B – $1.05; Child Plan B – $0.32 (for one or multiple children).
  9. The Healthcare Flexible Spending Account maximum annual election will increase from $2,700 to $2,750.
  10. The credit hour requirements for voluntary graduate students will be changed from 6 to 5 hours. Continuation coverage for the Graduate Student employee Plan (Grad Plan) will be reduced from 6 months to 3 months.
  11. During a recent records audit, we determined there is no provision to name an alternate beneficiary for Dependent Life Insurance. The beneficiary is the employee or retiree, and if deceased as well, the benefit will go to the estate.
  12. Livongo for diabetes and hypertension, Omada for pre-diabetes and pre-hypertension, and Hinge Health for musculoskeletal conditions are being added as Blue Cross and Blue Shield partner programs. These programs are based on eligibility or diagnosis, and include digital tools to assist with these chronic conditions such as a scale or virtual therapy courses. There will be more information provided about these programs after September 1.

 

Virtual Open Enrollment Calendar and Meeting Presentation Schedule

July 1 – July 31

Below you will find the morning, afternoon, and Retiree Meeting presentation schedules. If your campus or agency meeting is shown on the calendar in the AM, use the AM Presentation schedule for reference. You may join the Webex at any time during the meeting to listen to the vendor presentation for which you are most interested. Click the calendar above, and click on your campus or agency name to quickly get to the Webex meeting for your event. You may also drop off the meeting at any time. You will need the Webex information below to dial in. You may also have received this information from your benefits office via email invite. Please record this information ahead of your meeting.

Call-in Information: 1.855.282.6330 (toll free)
Password: benefits

Access Codes:

TAMIU:  145 341 0876
TAMUCC: 145 785 9574
TAMU-HSC: 145 382 8386
TAMU-K: 145 824 7915?
TAMU (7/13): 145 609 6860
TAMU (7/14): 145 315 7150
TAMUS: 145 679 8555
AgriLife: 145 158 5324
TEEX/TFS/TTI: 145 241 9072
TEES/COE: 145 679 3032
Retiree Meeting: 145 623 6773
WTAMU:145 385 2677
PVAMU: 145 500 0676
TAMUSA: 145 440 6709?
TAMUCT/TAMUT: 145 959 8925
TAMUC: 145 261 3887
Tarleton: 145 863 7222

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!