The first year of Call to Health has ended, with nearly 45 percent of eligible Medical Plan members completing this health initiative. Congratulations!
As you make your New Year’s resolutions this month, the Board of Pensions hopes you will take a moment to recommit to Call to Health. Through this program, you have a new opportunity to achieve your best health and reduce your medical deductibles. Call to Health encourages you to make the most of your preventive care benefits and important medical screenings so you can identify and manage chronic conditions. It also helps you save money by reducing your deductibles in 2016.
Let’s meet and even exceed the goal of 50 percent of eligible members completing Call to Health between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2015!
Why Not Save?
For 2016, deductibles are 1.5 percent of annual effective salary (as determined by salary range and subject to the medical participation minimum and maximum). When you complete specific health actions for Call to Health from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015, you will earn reduced individual and family deductibles of 1.0 percent of effective salary for 2016. For most plan members, this means a potential savings of hundreds of dollars in deductibles.
More Health Action Choices
A new way of completing a required health action is being offered and two new health actions have been added to the list of additional health actions to give you greater choice in how you complete Call to Health between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2015. (For a complete listing of health actions, go to pensions.org/calltohealth and watch your mail for a brochure in January.)
Health Coaching: By Phone or Online
If ActiveHealth Management calls to invite you to participate in health coaching, it is a required health action for you. You now can participate in health coaching in one of two ways — by phone or online — it’s your choice:
- Phone: If you choose this option, you must complete at least three phone sessions with a nurse or coach to complete this health action. These three sessions must occur over the course of the year (no less than two to three weeks apart) and be completed by September 30, 2015. If you are currently participating in the ActiveHealth Informed Care Management program, complete at least three phone coaching sessions by September 30, 2015, to complete this health action.
- Online: If you choose this option, go to myactivehealth.com/pcusa to complete your required health education modules. You must finish the modules over a four-week period, at minimum, to complete the health action.
You may not “mix and match” phone and online coaching sessions to fulfill this health action. There is no cost to you.
Having up to three nutritional counseling sessions with a registered dietitian or other licensed medical provider (if a network provider) now counts as an additional health action for Call to Health.
Why consider this counseling? With better nutrition, your body functions better, is better able to heal and strengthen itself, and may help you shed unwanted pounds. Losing weight can provide even more benefits: lower cholesterol levels, reduced blood pressure, and a decreased risk of heart disease and stroke.
If your BMI is 30 or more, nutritional counseling sessions are fully covered ($0 copay) when you see a network registered dietitian or other licensed medical provider. If your BMI is less than 30, you pay a $25 copay per visit.
Good dental hygiene is key to good health. Simply have a preventive dental exam and attest to its completion in Call to Health at myactivehealth.com/pcusa to complete this additional health action.
You do not need to be enrolled in the Board’s Dental Plan to choose this health action; your cost depends on your dental benefits. For example, if you have Aetna PPO dental coverage through the Board of Pensions, a basic dental exam is 100-percent covered with no deductible.
Call to Health Section of Websites Updated
The Call to Health section of the myactivehealth.com/pcusa website has been updated for the new year of Call to Health, which started October 1, 2014, and ends September 30, 2015. There you can see your required health actions and, if you had a preventive exam as of October 1, 2014, or after, check that your preventive exam card shows you completed that health action (or you can attest to its completion yourself by entering information).
Also revised is pensions.org/calltohealth, where you can learn more about the program’s purpose and requirements. An updated Call to Health Web module will be available on this site in mid-January, and a “how to” Web module about navigating Call to Health in myactivehealth.com/pcusa will be available soon thereafter.
Watch Your Mail
If you are an active member of the Medical Plan, a new Call to Health brochure is due to arrive in your mail in early January. If you haven’t received it by the end of January, please call the Board of Pensions at 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) and speak with a member service representative. Be sure to identify the plan in which you are a member.
Note: In 2015 Call to Health is available to active members with medical coverage through the Highmark PPO. Members enrolled in the Anthem HMO will receive information on Call to Health for members with Anthem coverage. Call to Health does not include enrollees in Triple-S, Cigna Global Health Benefits, or the Medicare Supplement Plan.
*Call to Health® is an officially registered service mark of The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).