• PEEHIP has teamed up with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and will soon team up with another strategic partner to launch a new and improved wellness program for PEEHIP members.  The goals of the program are to:

    • Help members and their families achieve or maintain good health,

    • Promote the early detection and identification of chronic disease,

    • Change behavior that lowers the risk of chronic disease and illnesses, and

    • Enhance wellness and productivity.

    This program and its free services are designed to help PEEHIP members live happier, healthier and more satisfying lives.  Healthier members typically get sick less often and visit the doctor less frequently.  This leads to lower healthcare costs for members and the plan, which means being able to keep the same healthcare benefits coverage in place for a longer period of time.


    Who is required to participate in the PEEHIP Wellness Program
    ?

     The following members must be enrolled in the PEEHIP Hospital Medical Plan to participate

    • Active members

    • Non-Medicare retirees

    • Covered Spouses

               All of the above must complete due applicable wellness components by the specified deadlines in order to receive the wellness premium discount.  The program does not require meeting any conditions related to a health factor to obtain a discount.  The wellness premium discount will be determined by the PEEHIP Board before January 1, 2015.

    Participation for Medicare-eligible retirees and covered Medicare eligible spouses is optional and not required.  Under no circumstances will they have a wellness premium increase.

     

    Wellness Components

    The Wellness Program consists of some new programs and a greater access to existing ones to help the members manage their health and become more educated in the life style choices they have.

     

    The following is required to be completed in order to qualify for the wellness premium discount:

    • Wellness Screening

    • Health Risk Assessment Questionnaire (HRA)
    Required only if you are identified as a candidate for these programs:
    • Disease Management

    • Wellness and Lifestyle Education Coaching

     Wellness Screenings Begin August 1

    The Wellness Screenings consist of the following measurements:

    Blood pressure

    Total cholesterol including HDL and LDL

    Triglycerides

    Blood glucose

    Height, weight, waist

    Body mass index

    Beginning August 1, 2014 the ADPH provides the screenings at the worksite locations for active employees only.  Alternatively, active employees as well as non-Medicare retirees and covered spouses can obtain the screenings at any of the statewide ADPH county locations or through your personal healthcare provider.  Screenings obtained as of June 1, 2014, at the alternative locations will be accepted.

    All screenings regardless of location must be completed by May 31, 2015, to receive the wellness premium discount effective October 1, 2015.

    ADPH has a PEEHIP Wellness Calendar and Wellness County Contacts on their website (www.adph.org/worksitewellness) that will inform you when the screenings will take place in your area.

    If you decide to use your personal healthcare provider to do your screening, the HEALTHCARE PROVIDER SCREENING FORM is located on the PEEHIP website at www.rsa-al.gov/index.php/members/peehip/pubs-forms/.  The form must be completed and faxed or mailed to ADPH by your healthcare provider.  Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as part of the federal healthcare reform laws, no copay is required for one annual preventive routine office visit obtained through your in-network healthcare provider.

     Also, no copay is required if an ADPH wellness coach gives you an OFFICE VISIT REFERRAL  FORM to take with you to a physician’s office to follow up with the abnormal results or risk factors identified during the screening process.  The referral is only good for 60 days from the screening date.