Employee Wellness Program Overview:
The County wellness program is participation-based. If an employee chooses not to take part in the required steps, they will not receive the incentive. The incentive for the employee is a monthly $50 medical insurance premium reduction. Covered spouses are welcomed to participate, but they are not required in order for the employee to earn the incentive. We will be working with Froedtert Workforce Health to administer the health screening process.
Necessary Action Steps:
The following need to be completed in order to receive the incentive:
1. Complete Froedtert Workforce Health’s online health risk assessment, which asks questions about health- related behaviors.
2. Go through a 30-minute biometric screening, which includes a finger stick blood test for cholesterol and glucose, height, weight, waist circumference, and a blood pressure check. During this 30-minute screen an employee will also meet with one of Froedtert Workforce Health’s health educators to review their results and discuss their risk level. The health screens will start January 20th 2014 and run through March 11th 2014. Employees are welcome to attend any of the screenings taking place at various locations throughout the County.
3. Employees identified at a high or very high risk will also be required to work with one of Froedtert’s health coaches quarterly to continue receiving the reduced premium. Health coaching sessions are typically a 15-minute telephone conversation about your health related goals and challenges.
4. Employees who are at optimal, near optimal, or borderline risk are welcome to work with a health coach, but are not required to do so to receive the premium reduction. These employees will be reported as “participating” regardless of whether or not they are actively working with a health coach. As such, Milwaukee County will not receive any information from Froedtert/Workforce Health that can be used to identify any individual employee’s health status.
Effective date of the incentive:
All employees enrolled in the medical plan will automatically receive the incentive for the first quarter of 2014. Employees who does not complete the steps outlined above will begin paying the higher “non-participation” premiums in the second quarter of 2014.
Participation after the initial screening program (including new hires):
Employees will be able to complete their screening outside of the designated on-site dates by scheduling an appointment to complete the screening and initial consultation at Froedtert’s Workforce Health facility. Employees may also submit screening results from their physician, but they still need to work with one of Froedtert’s coaches to discuss their risk level.
Sheriff’s / Firefighters Union:
Any employee who is covered by the medical premium rates defined in the Deputy Sheriff’s or Firefighter’s contract is eligible to participate in the wellness program, but will NOT be eligible for the $50 monthly premium reduction.
Important Documents and Websites from Froedtert Workforce Health
Courthouse Room 210
901 North 9th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233