New Health Assessment available April 1 to Local 689 Members!
Are you making the healthiest choices that will help you sleep better or enjoy an active retirement? Not sure? Plan to take the new health assessment offered by The Transit Employees' Health & Welfare Fund (TEHW) to get a snapshot of your overall health and find out the areas where you may need to make healthier decisions.
For more information regarding the assessment, please see the FAQ’s below.
What is a health assessment?
A confidential screening tool used to evaluate the participant’s health and overall quality of life. The assessment is completely confidential and will only take 15-20 minutes to finish. Once you finish the assessment, you will receive a personal health report that will give you your overall wellness score and point out those areas to improve or even where your health may be at risk.
Why should I take the assessment and how long does it take?
You will receive valuable feedback about your health and your risk factors for chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease. Your responses and personal health report can increase your awareness of your overall health. Awareness is the first step to making healthy changes that can reduce your risk for disease and improve your quality of life. The assessment takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
Why am I being asked to take this assessment? Will WMATA have access to my information?
If you take the assessment and begin making changes to improve your health, you’ll feel more productive both at work and at home.
Please note, the assessment is administered by a third party and your personal health information will be kept confidential in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). WMATA will not get any of your information. TEHW will receive only aggregate reports which combine the data from all participants so that no individual participant is identified.
When will the assessment be available? How do I access it?
April 1, 2017. You can access the tool by logging into your Virgin Pulse account. Note: You must be a Virgin Pulse participant to complete the assessment. Current members can login to their account to access the tool beginning April 1. Not a member? Please register for the program by visiting this website: join.virginpulse.com/689movingmetro.
What kinds of questions are on the assessment?
You will be asked questions related to the following topics: physical activity, nutrition, chronic conditions, biometric measures, and a few others. We strongly encourage you to answer the questions honestly as your responses are completely confidential.
What information do I need to take the assessment?
To get the most from the assessment, we encourage you to have your most recent health measures (such as height, weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and glucose) with you when you complete the HRA. You can obtain the information from your doctor. However, you can still complete the assessment even if you do not have this information. Additionally, health screenings will be offered at various work locations throughout the year so you have another option.
How will TEHW use my information?
The individual results will only be available to you; however, we encourage you to share the results with your doctor or a health coach. Aggregate information will be used to help us (TEHW) focus our wellness program efforts on programs that are needed within the population.
Will my responses affect my healthcare coverage or premiums?
No, completing the assessment will not affect your healthcare coverage or premiums.
What else is in it for me? Is there an incentive or reward for taking the health assessment?
YES!!! You can receive 1500 Virgin Pulse points for taking the assessment AND a cash award of $50.00. Also, if you take the assessment between April 1- June 30, 2017 you will receive an additional 500 Virgin Pulse points. You can accumulate points to earn Virgin Pulse cash which can be used to purchase items, such as headphones, fitness tracking devices and accessories, gift cards, etc., from the Virgin Pulse store.
Additionally, if you take the assessment April 1-7, you’ll get ALL the benefits, meaning 2000 Virgin Pulse points, plus $50.00 cash, plus a chance to win $500.00! There will also be an opportunity to earn additional rewards if you complete the assessment AND participate in the walking challenge, scheduled to launch on April 17. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to earn incentives and improve your health. Stay tuned for more information!
If you’re ready to start living healthier, take that first step by participating in the online health assessment—it’s fast, easy, and confidential.
If you have additional questions about the assessment, please contact your wellness team at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact membership services at Virgin Pulse: 1-888-671-9395.
The 2012 collective bargaining agreement permits employees to receive a credit of up to $1,200 if their spouse opts out of the Transit Employees’ Health & Welfare Plan’s health insurance program. It can only be used as a credit against medical and dental benefit expenses incurred as a Participant in the Plan. You must elect the spousal credit option each year.
Up to $100 per month will be applied to reduce the cost of your medical and dental insurance. It cannot be applied to reduce the cost of any supplemental life insurance you may have elected or of any other voluntary benefit.
Your plan requires a monthly contribution of $80 toward single coverage and $208 toward family coverage. Here is how the credit will work:
This credit is available to employees and retirees, but cannot be combined with the employee opt-out payment. This credit is available only if the employee or retiree remains covered in the Transit Employees Health and Welfare program.
You can only elect the spousal credit option during the annual open enrollment period, usually in May of each year. It will be effective for your premiums for the following July 1st. Download the Spousal Credit form here.
If you have more questions, please contact the Health and Welfare Plan Office.