Wellness

The PEEHIP Wellness Program is designed to encourage members and their covered spouses to take charge of their health starting with a basic wellness screening.

Through a wellness screening, members can learn their basic biometric numbers that help determine if they are at risk for conditions that may cause serious health problems later. Early detection may be the key to eliminating or reducing the risk of developing hypertension, pre-diabetes, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

The PEEHIP Wellness Program can also help members take steps in managing these conditions and their overall health through our voluntary health coaching and tobacco cessation programs. Participation in the PEEHIP Wellness Program is free and may help save money on premium cost.

Wellness Premium Waiver

The 2021 plan year begins October 1, 2020. Now is the time to start earning the wellness premium waiver for next year. Members and covered spouses enrolled in the PEEHIP Hospital Medical Group #14000 Plan (BCBS) can earn a waiver of the wellness premium by completing a wellness screening between August 1, 2020, and August 31, 2021. No additional activities are required to earn the waiver. The waiver will be applied to your account effective October 1, 2021.

  • If you are unable to obtain a wellness screening due to pregnancy, disability, or other infirmity, you may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation or an alternative standard to receive the wellness premium waiver. Contact PEEHIP at 877.517.0020 for additional details.

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For more detailed information, please see the most current member handbook on our Publications page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to participate in the Wellness Program?

The following members enrolled in the PEEHIP Hospital Medical Plan Group #14000 administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield are required to complete the applicable wellness activities by August 31 of each year in order to earn a waiver of the monthly wellness premium:

  • Members currently employed by a PEEHIP participating system and their covered spouse, regardless of Medicare eligibility
  • Spouses using the coverage as secondary plan
  • A retired member who is not Medicare-eligible
  • A non-Medicare eligible spouse covered on a retiree contract
  • Members on COBRA, leave of absence, and surviving spouses who are non-Medicare-eligible

Who is NOT required to participate in the wellness program?

The following members are NOT required to participate:

  • Dependent children
  • Any member who is not covered by the PEEHIP Hospital Medical Group #14000 Plan
  • Medicare-eligible retirees and Medicare-eligible covered spouses of retirees

What is the Wellness Premium Waiver?

The 2021 plan year begins October 1, 2020. 

Members and covered spouses enrolled in the PEEHIP Hospital Medical Plan Group #14000 (BCBS) can earn a waiver of the wellness premium by completing a wellness screening between August 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021. No additional activities are required to earn the waiver. The waiver will be applied to your account effective October 1, 2021.

A wellness premium is applied separately to members and spouses enrolled in the PEEHIP Hospital Medical Plan Group #14000. Eligible members and spouses can earn the wellness premium waiver by completing the required wellness activities. The current amount of the wellness premium can be located by clicking on the Premium tab.

How can I earn the Wellness Premium Waiver?

For members required to participate in the wellness program, the Wellness Premium Waiver can be earned by completing a wellness screening. Eligible members can receive a free annual wellness screening through the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). Some school systems offer on-site wellness screenings during various times of the school year. Please check with your HR department.

If preferred, screenings can also be completed by your primary care physician. The screening data must be submitted on a completed Healthcare Provider Screening Form and faxed or mailed to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) to earn a waiver of the wellness premium.

Participation in health coaching is not required to earn the wellness premium waiver.

The waiver will be applied to your account effective October 1, 2021.

What data is collected at a wellness screening?

Wellness screenings collect the following data: 

  • Blood pressure
  • Height, weight, and body mass index (BMI)
  • Total cholesterol (HDL and LDL)
  • Triglycerides
  • Blood glucose
  • Tobacco usage

PEEHIP members and covered spouses are eligible to receive one free annual wellness screening each year from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH).

If a member prefers for their primary care physician to perform their wellness screening, they will need to have their physician complete a Healthcare Provider Screening Form and submit it to ADPH. 

What are the required wellness activities?

If you are required to participate, you must complete a wellness screening by August 31 each year. Participation in health coaching is not required.

If you are unable to obtain a wellness screening due to pregnancy, disability, or other infirmity, you may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation or an alternative standard to receive the wellness premium waiver. Contact PEEHIP at 877.517.0020 for additional details.

What is the deadline to complete my required activities?

Members who are required to participate in the Wellness Program, must complete a wellness screening by August 31 each year.

Screening data must be submitted on a completed Healthcare Provider Screening Form to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) by the August 31 deadline to earn a waiver of the wellness premium for the upcoming plan year that begins October 1.

I missed the deadline, can I still earn the Wellness Premium Waiver?

Yes. Members who submit their completed screening information to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) after the deadline, are eligible for a prospective waiver of the wellness premium.

The wellness premium waiver will be applied beginning the first day of the second month after ADPH receives the completed Healthcare Provider Screening Form.

How do I track the completion status of my required wellness activities?

The status toward earning the wellness premium waiver will be available on your Member Online Service account. Members can log in to their account and view their Wellness Completion Status under PEEHIP Services.

What services are offered as part of the wellness program?

The PEEHIP Wellness Program offers the following free services for its members and covered spouses:

  • Wellness Screenings by ADPH nurses
  • Healthcare Provider Screenings by your primary care physician
  • Video-based weight management coaching from Naturally Slim
  • Personal Health Advisors from Pack Health
  • Disease Management coaching from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Gaps in Care alerts to be discussed with your healthcare provider
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