The Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB) has introduced a Health Engagement Model as a way to encourage members to create a wellness plan and improve their health. Members choose whether or not to participate in this program; but there is a strong incentive to participate: Those who do not participate face a payroll surcharge, meaning they incur a small paycheck deduction. This approach has been effective. At the close of PEBB's open enrollment, which ended on Oct. 15, 2011, more than 85 percent of eligible members elected to participate in the Health Engagement Model, or HEM.
About the program
The Health Engagement Model requires the enrolled subscriber and their enrolled spouse or domestic partner to take two steps to achieve success in the program:
- Take an online health assessment. The assessment is available through myProvidence and is administered by the University of Michigan. Participants who enrolled during open enrollment must complete this step by Feb. 15, 2012.
- Complete two health conversations (PEBB calls these "e-lessons"). These are independent, interactive online learning modules, and are available for a number of health conditions, including tobacco cessation, diabetes, weight management and stress management. The conversations are available through myProvidence, under "Self-Help." Participants who enrolled during open enrollment must complete this step by July 15, 2012.
Participants are asked to get engaged in their health. While PEBB's hope is that participants' health improves, PEBB is focused on effort, not outcome. Participants can track their efforts and progress using health trackers, also available through myProvidence.
What to expect
HEM participants can, but do not have to, share their health information with their provider. If they elect to share their health assessment answers, you may receive a report that summarizes findings from the health assessment.
You can help
Providence Health Plan asks for your support as PEBB members get engaged in their health. Whether it's helping participants know their numbers to complete their health assessment, pointing them to online health tools and resources through myProvidence, or simply offering encouragement, we are hopeful that you'll join us in helping members create realistic health improvement goals that meet their unique needs.
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