On January 19, 2016, Governor Larry Hogan announced changes to the State Employee and Retiree Wellness Program. The changes to this program will reward those who already completed the wellness activity requirements in 2015 and will give those who have not a second chance to do so in 2016.
Here are the details. The surcharges for 2016 and 2017 have been eliminated. This means NO ONE will be charged the $50 surcharge for not having completed the 2015 healthy activities. If you have not completed your 2015 healthy activities, you can still do them in 2016.
The 2016 healthy activities noted in the 2016 State Benefits Guide have been replaced with the 2015 healthy activities. This has several important effects:
- Anyone who completed the 2015 healthy activities by December 31, 2015 will have $0 copays for all Primary Care Provider (PCP) office visits in 2016, including sick visits.
- Those who completed the 2015 healthy activities DO NOT have to complete them again in 2016; the $0 copay will continue through December 31, 2016.
- Those who did not complete the healthy activities in 2015, may complete them now in 2016 and be eligible for the $0 PCP copays once they are completed.
The 2016 healthy activities have changed slightly:
- If an individual had not selected a PCP in 2015, they need to do so in 2016.
- Employees and enrolled spouses may now choose to complete either his/her medical plan’s health risk assessment OR the State Health Risk Assessment to satisfy this activity.
- The Physician Notification Form has been updated so the PCP can sign indicating he/she saw the results of the individual’s health risk assessment.
- Age/gender appropriate screenings are NOT REQUIRED. These may be completed voluntarily.
- Engagement in disease management is NOT REQUIRED. Members can engage voluntarily.
There is NO NEED to submit requests to waive participation in the wellness plan because there is no surcharge applicable for not participating.
If you have any questions about the Wellness Program changes, please call the University Human Resources, Office of Employee Benefits at (301) 405-5654.
Last updated: February 2, 2016