Health Buzz: Community Health Education Reimbursement

HealthBuzzWe’ve written before in this space that Anthem will reimburse members covered by the State Employee Health Benefit for health club memberships, giving you added incentive to get out and get active. But did you know Anthem will also reimburse you to get out and learn to improve your health?

Covered members have access to Anthem’s Community Health Education Reimbursement Program, which reimburses you for taking certain classes at facilities around the state. These classes include:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Nutrition education
  • Weight management
  • Stress management
  • Physical activity
  • Childbirth education
  • Parenting education
  • CPR/first aid
  • Yoga

Approved facilities include hospitals around the state (as well as a few in Massachusetts), the American Red Cross and Weight Watchers. You can find the complete list of approved facilities here. Classes vary by facility, so you’ll want to call or go online to see what is available. Once you find the class you’re looking for, you can sign up and pay, then print out the reimbursement form here and bring it with you to the class.

Health Buzz is a weekly SEA News feature. If you have health benefit-related questions, you can send them to Chris Porter at cporter@seiu1984.org and put “Ask Chris” in the subject line. Chris is our Compensation and Benefit Research Specialist who will advocate for members experiencing challenges with their contracted medical benefits. We’ll post answers to commonly posed questions in this column.

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