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Biometric screening
10/03/2016

State of Wisconsin Incentive Program

BIOMETRIC SCREENING

Participate in a biometric screening and complete a health risk survey to qualify for the $150 incentive

On November 1, 2016 from 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM in the Memorial Student Center Ballroom A, the Human Resources Department will be hosting a biometric screening for all employees and spouses/domestic partnercovered under a state group health insurance plan.

Effective January 1, 2016
, adult children will no longer be eligible for the Well Wisconsin Incentive program.  The incentive will continue to be available for active employees and retirees participating in the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program and their enrolled spouse/domestic partner.  This is the result of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) recent ruling on the applicability of Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) to employee wellness programs and the proposed rule amending GINA to allow spouse participation.  

How to register for the onsite biometric screening and earn the $150 incentive?

Go to the Well Wisconsin website http://wellwisconsin.wi.gov/Home and click on the green box to follow the link to Optum’s online registration system.   Complete the registration information to access the onsite screening event locations.  Participants are required to complete the two steps below to qualify for the $150 incentive.

1.        Participate in a biometric screening

Fasting (8-12 hours) is recommended to get the best results, but is not required.  The biometric screening may be completed at the event above or with your physician.  If you choose to see your physician, a special form must be completed by your physician.  This form may be found on the Well Wisconsin website under your health insurance provider. 

 2.        Complete the health risk survey provided by your health plan

Visit  http://wellwisconsin.wi.gov/Home and click on your health insurance provider located on the left hand side of the page.  Then find where to take the providers assessment or survey.  The survey is designed to help you gauge well-being factors to pinpoint possible health risks.  Most health plans will allow you to enter your own results into the health risk survey.

What to expect at an onsite biometric screening?

At the onsite screening, show your proof of insurance (health insurance card).  Photo ID is not required.  Then you will go through a series of staffed stations for the biometric screening that includes:  height, weight, waist measurement, Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol level (LDL and HDL), glucose measurement, and blood pressure.  

At the end of the screening, you will be given your results and a wellness tip sheet to help understand the results versus clinical ranges, the impact of your numbers on health status, and information to improve your results. To ensure proper clinical follow-up, you will also be encouraged to share the biometric screening results with your primary care provider.

Individual information is strictly confidential.  In accordance with the law, and with member’s consent, the results will be shared with your health plan for administration of incentives, wellness programming, and other health plan activities. 

Timeline

The incentive reward is issued by your health insurance provider.  Your results from the screening will be sent to your health plan on the 15th day of the following month.  Please allow time for the health plans to process this information, as the turnaround time for these results to be integrated with your Health Risk Survey will vary by health plan. 

Once the biometric screening and health survey is completed, it may take up to 12 weeks before you receive a check or gift card.   Some health insurance providers pay on a quarterly basis.

Your Well Wisconsin benefits are taxable

Health plan issued rewards are considered a fringe benefit of employment and must be treated as taxable income by the primary subscriber’s employer.  Your health plan is required to report payment information for the subscriber and enrolled family member to the subscriber’s employer.  Individual health information will never be shared with the employer.

 **YOU CAN ONLY PARTICIPATE IN ONE SCREENING PER CALENDAR YEAR**

To learn more about your wellness assessment, go to http://wellwisconsin.wi.gov/Home

 

 

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