What is SmartHealth?
SmartHealth, Washington State's voluntary and confidential wellness program, focuses on your health and well-being. As you progress on your wellness journey, you can qualify for a wellness incentive in 2016.
If you participated last year, you'll see a big change in the wellness program. We've invested in a best-in-class website that makes healthy lifestyle activities fun, challenging, and social. SmartHealth's new website offers a fresh look with easy-to-use, interactive tools, and engaging activities. No more paper forms to fill out!
The new website tracks your progress for you, so you can easily see how you're doing and follow the leaderboards to find out how you stack up against your colleagues. You can even connect most activity trackers (Fitbit, Jawbone Up, MapMyRun, etc.) to the website so your data automatically uploads.
SmartHealth's website will help you take steps to improve your health and well-being, while having fun, staying engaged, and connecting with others. You will take part in fun activities focused on improving fitness, nutrition, financial health, and more.
Who is eligible for the wellness incentive?
These PEBB medical plan subscribers are eligible to qualify for the wellness incentive:
- Retiree subscribers not enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B.
- COBRA and PEBB Extension of Coverage subscribers not enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B.
- Leave Without Pay subscribers.
Note: Eligible subscribers’ spouses or registered domestic partners enrolled in a PEBB medical plan may also participate in SmartHealth, but will not qualify for the wellness incentive.
What is the wellness incentive?
Eligible subscribers can qualify for one of these wellness incentives in 2016:
- A $125 reduction in the subscriber's 2016 PEBB medical deductible.
- A one-time deposit of $125 into the subscriber's health savings account (if enrolled in a PEBB consumer-directed health plan in 2016).
How do I get started?
Follow these simple steps to qualify for the $125 wellness incentive:
- Go to www.SmartHealth.hca.wa.gov and select Get started to walk through the activation process. (You can access SmartHealth from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.)
- Take the SmartHealth Well-being Assessment (required to earn the wellness incentive).
Earn 800 points for completing the Well-being Assessment. You do not earn SmartHealth points for completing your PEBB medical plan's health assessment. Note: If you don’t have internet access, contact SmartHealth Customer Service toll-free at 1-855-750-8866 (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time) to complete the Well-being Assessment by phone.
- Join activities that interest you. After completing the Well-being Assessment, complete other activities on SmartHealth's website to earn more points. Reach 2,000 points to qualify for the $125 wellness incentive.
When is the deadline to meet the requirements for the wellness incentive?
Subscribers continuing enrollment in PEBB medical effective January 1, 2015
New subscribers enrolling in PEBB medical with an effective date in January, February, or March 2015
Deadline: June 30, 2015
Example: Sam waived his enrollment in PEBB medical in 2014 because he was enrolled in coverage through his spouse. During PEBB’s open enrollment in November 2014, he chose to enroll in a PEBB medical plan for 2015. Sam’s medical effective date is January 1, 2015. Sam must complete his wellness incentive requirements by June 30, 2015.
Subscribers with a medical effective date in April, May, June, July, or August 2015
Deadline: 120 days from their medical effective date
Example 1: Julie is new to state employment and is eligible to enroll in PEBB benefits effective April 1, 2015. Julie chose to enroll in a PEBB medical plan and her medical effective date is April 1, 2015. Julie must complete her wellness incentive requirements by July 30, 2015.
Example 2: John works as a seasonal employee May through September each year. As a returning seasonal employee, he is eligible to enroll in PEBB benefits effective May 1, 2015. John chose to enroll in a PEBB medical plan and his medical effective date is May 1, 2015. John must complete his wellness incentive requirements by August 29, 2015.
Subscribers with a medical effective date in September, October, November or December 2015
Deadline: December 31, 2015
Example: Sally is new to state employment and is eligible to enroll in PEBB benefits effective November 1, 2015. Sally chose to enroll in a PEBB medical plan and her medical effective date is November 1, 2015. Sally must complete her wellness incentive requirements by December 31, 2015.
When will I receive the wellness incentive?
If you qualify, you will receive the $125 wellness incentive in 2016. To get the wellness incentive, eligible subscribers must meet the two criteria below both when completing the required activities in 2015, and when the wellness incentive is distributed in 2016:
- You (the subscriber) are enrolled in a PEBB medical plan.
- You are not enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B as your primary coverage.
A PEBB wellness incentive will only be provided if funds are approved by the Legislature for a PEBB wellness program or wellness incentives, or both.
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