Health incentive

2018 Health Incentive

Employees, spouses and retirees with Hennepin County health insurance can choose to complete the steps to earn the health incentives. 

New this year

Steps must be completed between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017. 

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Steps to earn a reduced co-pay in 2018

Employees, spouses and retirees with Hennepin County health insurance can choose to complete the health incentive steps to receive a $15 reduction on their office visit co-pays in 2018. Both the employee and covered spouse must complete the incentive steps for the couple/family to receive reduced co-pays in 2018.

  • Complete the RedBrick Compass health assessment at any time in the year to earn 10 wellness points. The health assessment is an online health questionnaire.
  • Earn an additional 20 wellness points by completing in person or online HealthWorks and RedBrick activities throughout the year. You can find activity options on your RedBrick HealthMap page or RedBrick Rewards page.
  • Check your progress towards earning the health incentive on your RedBrick Rewards page.

Health incentive activities and wellness points are tracked in RedBrick Health. Log in to MyRedBrick.com/Hennepin or call 1-844-724-7968 to get started.

Steps to earn the Healthy Savings Card in 2017

Employees have the option to earn a Healthy Savings card. Healthy Savings provides the opportunity to make healthy eating easier and more affordable. With Healthy Savings, you can save up to $50 per week on prequalified healthy foods at participating grocery stores. In addition, you’ll receive 25% off the price of fresh produce up to $5 each week.

How do I earn a Healthy Savings card?

Employees who continue to participate in wellness activities after earning the copay reduction are eligible to receive a Healthy Savings card.

  1. Earn 30 wellness points by completing the annual Compass health assessment and participating in wellness activities.
  2. Do more and earn an additional 20 points – for a total of 50 points – to receive a Healthy Savings card to use in 2017. Check your progress on the Do More, Earn More tab on your RedBrick Rewards page. 

Healthy Savings is limited to the first 2,000 earners. Only employees are eligible for Healthy Savings. Spouses are not required to earn points for the employee to earn a card.

How does Healthy Savings work?

Once you receive your Healthy Savings card, it is active and ready to use. We recommend you register your card at www.MyHealthySavings.com to access the full features of the program.

  • Discounts are preloaded to your card each week. View savings online at www.MyHealthySavings.com or on the Healthy Savings mobile app. You will also receive an email with the week’s discounts.
  • Shop for promoted foods and fresh produce at participating grocery stores.
  • Scan the barcode on your card or mobile app at checkout to automatically receive the discounts.

Which grocery stores participate in Healthy Savings?

Participating grocery stores include Cub, Lunds & Byerlys, Rainbow and Hornbacher’s. Go to www.MyHealthySavings.com or the Healthy Savings mobile app to find a participating retailer in your area.

How do you determine the healthy food items?

Healthy Savings offers discounts on items such as milk, whole-grain bread, lean meats, yogurt and produce. All discounted items are scored by the nationally renowned Guiding Stars® nutrition guidance system, which rates the nutritional density of food using information from the nutrition facts label and the ingredients list.

Exceptions from health insurance incentive

Exceptions will automatically be granted for

New employees who have a health insurance start date of September 1, 2017 or later

Employees or spouses who add health insurance coverage with a start date of September 1, 2017 or later

Employees and spouses who obtain coverage during open enrollment in 2017

Qualifying life events

  • Marital change: marriage, divorce, legal separation, or annulment
  • Addition of spouse due to loss of health insurance coverage
    Note: A new spouse added to the health plan after September 1st will receive reduced copays if the covered employee completed the steps to earn the copay reduction.
  • Death of spouse

Requested exceptions will be considered for:

  • Chronic disability, medical condition, or emergency situation
  • Extraordinary and unforeseeable circumstance arising as a result of events beyond participant's control
  • Incorrect copay printed on PreferredOne insurance card

To have your circumstances considered, complete the Health Incentive Exception Request Form (DOC) and submit it with documentation by:

  • Interoffice mail: HealthWorks, Mail Code 016 (Attention: Health Incentive Exception Request)
  • U.S. mail: Hennepin County Government Center, HealthWorks MC 016, 300 S. 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487-0040 (Attention: Health Incentive Exception Request)
  • Email: healthworks@hennepin.us
  • Fax: 612-596-9984 (Attention: Health Incentive Exception Request)

Request forms are reviewed every two weeks. HealthWorks will contact you if they require additional information or details or to send a notice of approval or denial. 

Circumstances not considered for exception

Many circumstances will not be considered for exception. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Leave of absence
  • Vacation out of the area
  • Residence out of the area
  • Continuee / retiree did not read home mailings
  • Employee did not share information with covered spouse
  • Employee did not read email notification(s), HC Connect or website
  • Technical difficulties on the deadline day
  • Short term illness, such as flu the last week of October
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