ATLANTA – To support wellness among State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) members, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) has launched AHealthierSHBP.com. AHealthierSHBP.com is the virtual home of the SHBP Wellness Learning Center for all members of the State Health Benefit Plan. The SHBP has nearly 660,000 enrollees, including state employees, teachers, school personnel, retirees and their dependents. The site went live on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
“Encouraging wellness among plan members benefits both the members and the State Health Benefit Plan,” said David A. Cook, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health, which administers the State Health Benefit Plan. “Healthier members enjoy a better quality of life and are more productive. As members get healthier, costs go down, both for the plan and for the individual member. Creating AHealthierSHBP.com will further encourage SHBP members to become more engaged in their health and well-being through interactive online health education modules.”
The first module, entitled “Are You Right On or At Risk?,” uses an interactive Q&A format and focuses on the importance of biometric screenings and health assessments. This foundation will help SHBP members learn what their biometric numbers mean and why they matter. Additional modules will feature making better, smarter health care decisions; increasing use of preventive care and wellness programs; and the importance of setting goals – and sticking to them.
To encourage healthy behaviors, members in SHBP’s Wellness Plan pay lower premiums in return for fulfilling the Wellness Promise. In addition, this year, both SHBP Standard and Wellness Plan members can earn an incentive fund contribution for 2014 -- provided they complete at least one health education module on the site along with the fulfillment of their other 2013 Wellness Requirements. Members are also asked to complete an online Health Assessment through their health plan vendor’s (either Cigna or UnitedHealthcare) website. For Standard Plan and new Wellness Plan members, a biometric screening is also required to earn the incentive. This screening includes measures for body mass index, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol.
Members will be coming to their providers for their biometric screenings between now and mid-May. Physicians will be asked to help their patients by completing the 2013 Physician’s Screening Form before signing and returning the form by facsimile.
“The SHBP Wellness Learning Center is an innovative interactive incentive-based learning tool designed to help create a healthier member physically and financially – and a fiscally healthier SHBP. As a self-funded, self-insured plan, the cost of SHBP’s health care is directly related to the health of our SHBP members,” said Trudie Nacin, director of DCH’s SHBP. “So it pays to be healthy in more ways than one.”
About the Georgia Department of Community Health
Through effective planning, purchasing and oversight, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) provides access to affordable, quality health care to millions of Georgians, including some of the state’s uninsured and most vulnerable populations.
DCH is responsible for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids,® the State Health Benefit Plan, Healthcare Facility Regulation and Health Information Technology in Georgia.
David A. Cook serves as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Health.
To learn more about DCH and its dedication to A Healthy Georgia, visit www.dch.georgia.gov.