Deadline Nears for State Health Benefit Plan Members to Earn Wellness Incentive

May 9, 2013

Quick, Easy Health Actions Required Now for 2014 Incentive

ATLANTA (May 9, 2013) – Members of Georgia’s State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) enrolled in Standard or Wellness Plan Options have an opportunity to earn Wellness Incentive Fund Contributions if they act by May 31, 2013, at 4:30 p.m. ET. The incentives of $240 each for the member and spouse (if covered) will be applied to their 2014 SHBP plan options, provided they take certain wellness actions before the deadline.

“The Wellness approach to health care coverage is growing across the nation, and Georgia is leading the way with one of the largest Wellness programs in the country,” said David A. Cook, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH), the state agency that administers the State Health Benefit Plan. “We have created useful interactive online tools to encourage positive health care actions and will be rewarding eligible members with Incentive Fund Contributions in 2014 — but they must meet the deadline requirement.”

At this time, the SHBP Wellness Plan has about 252,000 members. The SHBP covers more than 550,000 current and former state employees, teachers, school personnel, and their dependents in both Wellness and Standard Plan Options in 2013.

In January 2013, DCH and SHBP launched, the virtual home of the SHBP Wellness Learning Center for all members of the State Health Benefit Plan. The site features online, user-friendly health education modules for members to learn about good health and well-being.  Additionally, modules are geared to helping members get more out of their health plans by using services such as a Health Coach, Provider Directory, Cost Comparison Guide and more.

To encourage healthy behaviors, current members in 2013 SHBP Wellness Plan Options pay lower premiums in return for making the 2013 Wellness Promise. In 2013, SHBP members and spouses (if covered) in both Standard Plan Options and Wellness Plan Options can also earn a Wellness Incentive Fund Contribution for 2014. To do so, they must complete the 2013 Wellness Requirements, which include completion of at least one online health education module at and completion of an online health assessment through their health plan vendor’s (either Cigna or UnitedHealthcare) website by May 31, 2013.

For members and spouses (if covered) enrolled in a Standard Plan Option or newly enrolled in a Wellness Plan Option, a biometric screening by a physician that is dated after July 1, 2011, and includes measures for body mass index, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol, must be faxed by the physician on the 2013 Physician Screening Form by the deadline.

Those members and spouses who need to complete biometric screenings to meet the 2013 Wellness Requirements will need to go to their physicians in time to complete the biometric screening and have the results faxed by the physician no later than May 31, 2013, by 4:30 p.m. ET. Those physicians will be asked to complete the 2013 Physician Screening Form showing the results of the biometric screening and return the completed form by facsimile to the number shown on the form.

“Our strategy of incentivizing positive health behaviors is a key driver in helping our members become more informed and engaged in their health and well-being,” said Trudie Nacin, director of the SHBP. “The key for them is to act before the May 31 deadline to earn the incentive."

SHBP members should visit for more information about the 2013 Wellness Requirements and the Wellness Incentive Fund Contribution.

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




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