For Executive and Judicial Branch workers covered by the State Employee Health Benefit, one of the best benefits is the Health Rewards program, in which you can earn up to $300 that’s placed on an Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) debit card that can be used for out-of-pocket expenses related to medical and prescription drug coverage (co-pays or deductibles) as well as eyewear. That $300 is on top of the $200 you can earn by taking the Health Assessment Test (HAT).
We know that many workers still haven’t earned the full $500, so we’re providing this reminder of the key things you can do to get it. Remember, this is just a summary. You can find more info from the state here.
- Start by taking the HAT. It’s not too late to do so, if you haven’t completed it yet. You must do this first, before you can start earning money with the Health Rewards program. Once you do this, $200 will be placed on your HRA debit card.
- Next, complete Health Rewards activities. You earn $100 each for completing up to three activities. There are six activities to pick from:
- Know Your Numbers health screening
- Fitness and nutrition activities
- Health education program
- Annual checkup
- Flu shot
- Tobacco free
- With most of the activities, you’ll need to log on to www.anthem.com to report what you’ve completed. The state has detailed instructions on how to do so here.
An important note: HAT money must be used by Dec. 31, 2014. Money earned by completing Health Rewards can be rolled over into 2015, and expires on Dec. 31, 2015.
If all of this is still confusing to you, remember that the SEA has a full-time staff member who can assist you with navigating this program. His name is Chris Porter and you may reach him at 603-271-3411 x134 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have other health benefit questions? Send them to Chris Porter at email@example.com 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.