The Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) and the Health Care Authority (HCA) want us all to strive for overall wellness! In doing so, PEBB and HCA have offered a Wellness Incentive to all benefit eligible Faculty, Staff and hourly employees.
SmartHealth is Washington State’s voluntary and confidential wellness program. It is an interactive website that helps you take steps to improve your health and well-being, while having fun and connecting with others online. By participating in activities you can earn points, and points earned between January 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018 are used to establish eligibility for the wellness incentive in 2019.
What is the Incentive, and Why You Should Participate
Employees may be eligible for two incentives:
A $25 Amazon Gift Card for completing the Well-being Assessment.
A $125 incentive by completing a Well-being Assessment and then participating in and tracking their wellness activities.
Depending on your WSU/PEBB medical plan, you will receive either:
A $125 reduction in the subscriber’s 2018 PEBB medical deductible (if enrolled in a PEBB classic and value health plan); or
a one-time deposit of $125 into the subscriber’s health savings account (if enrolled in a PEBB consumer-directed health plan).
Complete your health assessment (required to earn 2019 incentive). This will earn you 800 points.
Complete activities of your choice, while recording your progress. As an existing employee, you will need to complete 1,200 points worth of activities.
Who Is Eligible?
Employees eligible and participating in a PEBB medical plan are eligible to participate. If an employee retires, separates/resigns or goes on Leave Without Pay, and are not enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B, they will be able to continue to participate in the incentive.
Spouses or registered domestic partners can participate in activities and completion of the Health Assessment, however, only the subscriber will receive the $125 incentive.
Do I Have to Participate?
No, participation is completely voluntary. If you do not participate, you will not be eligible for the $125 wellness incentive in 2019.
When is My Deadline to Earn the 2019 Incentive?
You must have earned 2000 points by September 30, 2018.
What Performance Measuring Tracking Devices Can I Sync Up?
Map My Run
Map My Walk
Map My Ride
There are a variety of apps and devices that track your activity and report the minutes, miles, steps, and calories burned. Some of these apps and devices track your activity for an entire day (such as a pedometer) while others track your activity per session. Read the description for each option on the SmartHealth website in the “Apps & Devices” section in “Settings” for more details about which units they measure and how your activity is tracked. To find out more information or to purchase an app or device, select the Get it! button on the SmartHealth website.
How Do I Know if I’ve Received the Incentive?
The SmartHealth website will do all of the tracking for you, and once you’ve reached 2,000 points, you will be eligible.
How Come Only Selected Activities Are Worth Points?
The SmartHealth website offers a variety of activities, however, only certain activities are worth points in any given time frame. Please check back every few weeks, as the calendar will rotate and new activities will become eligible for points.
Can I Complete My Health Assessment and Track Activities While At Work?
You can, yes, provided time spent doing so is deminimus. Governor Inslee will allow state resources, such as your computer, to be used while participating in the SmartHealth Incentive. Please be mindful that completing the actual activities should be done on personal time.
Will My Health Information Be Kept Confidential?
Yes, due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), all information, such as Assessment results and activity data are kept private. Data will be aggregated and tracked for PEBB members as a whole.
What If I Don’t Have Access to a Computer?
Please contact the SmartHealth Customer Service line via phone at 1-855-750-8866. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
How Frequently Should I Log My Activities?
You will want to log your activities as frequently as possible, and at least once per month. You should be able to log several weeks of back history at any given time, and most likely will not be able to log data that may have occurred more than a month ago.
For questions concerning the website, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-855-750-8866, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can also contact HRS at 509-335-4521 for any general questions concerning eligibility or the incentive requirements.
Do I Need To Take My PEBB Medical Plan Health Assessment?
You will not earn any SmartHealth Points for completing your Uniform or Kaiser Permanente Health Assessments.