UM System employees can receive $100 in new health incentive

Friday, September 30, 2011 | 12:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — University of Missouri System employees will soon have a new incentive to play a more active role in their health. Beginning in 2012, health plan subscribers who complete a personal health assessment and health screening will receive $100.

The required health assessment consists of an online questionnaire about personal health choices. The 15-minute questionnaire is designed to help subscribers identify areas in which they could improve their own health. A health screening consisting of basic lab draws and other health measurements will follow the questionnaire. 

When subscribers have completed both the assessment and the screening, they will receive a $100 health reimbursement account or health savings account credit. This can be used toward any qualified medical expenses in 2012.

There are about 19,000 benefit-eligible employees in the UM System. Of those, more than 17,000 subscribe to the health plan, said Jennifer Hollingshead, assistant director of publications and marketing for the UM System.

Health plan subscribers must complete both the personal health assessment and the health screening by April 30, 2012, to receive the $100 credit. 


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Derrick Fogle September 30, 2011 | 4:52 p.m.

Paying $100 a pop plus costs for screening? There's either a lot of benefit to be had from preventative health screenings, or, they're working on a hit list of people to try to kick out of the program. Maybe some of both.

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