Rewards for Wellness 2020-2021


  • Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the 2020 State Employee Health & Financial Wellness Fairs have been cancelled.
  • New activities have been added to the Rewards for Wellness 2020-2021 program to provide greater opportunity for employees to earn $500 in co-share credits.
  • The Rewards for Wellness 2020-2021 brochure has also been updated.
  • Please review below for more information.

Overview

2020 State of Rhode Island Employee Wellness

Rewards for Wellness is designed to help you become aware of your personal health status and participate in activities to live a healthier life. Complete Rewards for Wellness 2020-2021 activities by December 31, 2020 to earn up to $500 in co-share credit*.

Due to the cancellation of the State Employee Health and Financial Wellness Fairs, new activities have been added to provide employees more opportunities to earn incentive credits. These new activities are alternatives to the health screenings for which employees could have qualified for $200 in co-share credit at the Wellness Fairs. PLEASE NOTE: The maximum an employee can qualify for through completion of these new alternative activities is $200 in co-share credit. Overall, the maximum amount of co-share credit an employee may earn through completion of Rewards for Wellness 2020-2021 activities is $500.

Review your 2020-2021 Wellness Brochure (updated as of 8/1/20) and see Program Details below to learn about the activities.

* Only active State of Rhode Island employees who are paying State medical co-share premium payments at the time of the incentive delivery are eligible to receive co-share credits.

Program Details

Complete activities by December 31, 2020 to earn up to $500 in co-share credit*. Employees are welcome to participate in all Rewards for Wellness activities but may only earn a maximum of $500 in co-share credit. Incentive credits will be delivered on ten select pay days during the first half of 2021. Please note that the OEB cannot track the completion of your activities. Download the 2020-2021 Program Calendar (updated 8/1/20) to keep track of your activities and incentive deliveries.

Click on the activities below to learn about how you can complete them.

› Register for Your Blue Touch RI and/or bcbsri.com ($50)

Review your benefits, check on claims, and find nearby providers on the go with the Your Blue Touch RI app, or log onto bcbsri.com to do even more, such as comparing costs for services and reading and writing provider review.

To earn a $50 co-share credit

  • Download Your Blue Touch RI from Apple App Store® or Google Play® and/or visit bcbsri.com to register your BCBSRI account.

Be sure to use the 2020-2021 Program Calendar to keep track of your completions.

› Register for Doctors Online ($50)

Doctors Online is a convenient service that lets you talk to a top-rated, board-certified doctor about common, non-emergency medical conditions from your smartphone, tablet, or computer, 24/7.*

To earn a $50 co-share credit

  • Search “Drs. Online” in your preferred app store, download the app and register, or visit drs-online.com to create an account.

Be sure to use the 2020-2021 Program Calendar to keep track of your completions.

* In the case of an emergency, you should always call 911. Doctors Online is not intended to replace these services and should not be used in those circumstances. Doctors Online is a telemedicine service provided by American Well®, an independent company that administers Doctors Online on behalf of BCBSRI.

› Virgin Pulse Wellness Activities ($100 max)

As part of Rewards for Wellness 2020-2021, you have access to the BCBSRI wellness platform powered by Virgin Pulse. It’s never been easier – or more fun – to get active, get healthy, and get rewarded!

Visit the Virgin Pulse page and review the Virgin Pulse program flyer to learn more about how the platform and its activities work.

To earn up to a $100 co-share credit

  • Register for Virgin Pulse via join.VirginPulse.com or bcbsri.com, or download the Virgin Pulse app through your preferred app store.
    • Select "Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island" as your sponsor.
  • Log into Virgin Pulse, explore and complete activities to earn points and increase your activity level.
  • Your activity level (2/3/4) will determine your quarterly incentive. The maximum yearly incentive is $100. PLEASE NOTE: Points reset at the start of every quarter!
    • $25/quarter for level 2 completion (5,000 points)
    • $50/quarter for level 3 completion (10,000 points)
    • $100/quarter for level 4 completion (15,000 points)

To check activity completion, go to the "Rewards" page in Virgin Pulse. If you need further assistance confirming activities completion in Virgin Pulse, please call the BCBSRI State of Rhode Island Employee CARE Center at (401) 429-2104 or 1-866-987-3705. CARE Center hours are Monday–Friday, 8am–8pm and Saturday, 8am–12pm. You are also recommended to use the 2020-2021 Program Calendar to keep track of your completions.

If you are experiencing system or access issues with Virgin Pulse, please call Virgin Pulse support at 888-671-9395 or email support@virginpulse.com.

› Virgin Pulse Health Assessment ($50)

Get an assessment of your overall health in minutes with the Virgin Pulse Health Assessment!

Visit the Virgin Pulse page and review the Virgin Pulse program flyer to learn more about how the platform and its activities work.

To earn a $50 co-share credit

  • Register for Virgin Pulse via join.VirginPulse.com or bcbsri.com, or download the Virgin Pulse app through your preferred app store.
    • Select "Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island" as your sponsor.
  • Complete the Virgin Pulse Health Assessment as instructed.

To check activity completion, go to the "Rewards" page in Virgin Pulse. If you need further assistance confirming activities completion in Virgin Pulse, please call the BCBSRI State of Rhode Island Employee CARE Center at (401) 429-2104 or 1-866-987-3705. CARE Center hours are Monday–Friday, 8am–8pm and Saturday, 8am–12pm. You are also recommended to use the 2020-2021 Program Calendar to keep track of your completions.

If you are experiencing system or access issues with Virgin Pulse, please call Virgin Pulse support at 888-671-9395 or email support@virginpulse.com.

› Dental Cleaning/Exam ($50)

Research shows that oral health is connected to overall health in several ways. Through annual exams, cleanings and x-rays, your dentist may be able to detect early signs of cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, thyroid problems and high blood pressure. Brushing and flossing every day, along with regular dental visits and preventive care, is the best way to take care of your teeth and gums. For healthy tips and to find a dentist if you don’t have one, visit www.deltadentalri.com.

To earn a $50 co-share credit

  • Complete one of the following qualifying procedures by December 31, 2020:
    • Periodic oral exam
    • Comprehensive oral exam
    • Annual prophylaxis (cleaning)
    • Periodontal maintenance (deep cleaning)
  • In order to be eligible for the co-share credit, you MUST receive medical/Rx coverage under the State Employee Health Plan, and Delta Dental must have a record of your cleaning/exam.
    • If you are enrolled in State dental coverage through Delta Dental of Rhode Island, your participation will be automatically tracked, and you do not need to complete any forms.
    • If you receive your medical/Rx coverage under the Rhode Island State Employee Health Plan but not State dental coverage, you can complete and submit the Dental Cleaning/Exam Form to Delta Dental by December 31, 2020.
      • Mail the form to:
        • Delta Dental of RI, 10 Charles Street, Providence, RI 02904, Attn: National Account Relations Specialist, or
      • Fax the form to 401-752-6060
    • If you are enrolled in State dental coverage through Delta Dental of Rhode Island but do NOT receive medical/Rx coverage under the Rhode Island State Employee Health Plan, you are NOT eligible for the co-share credit.

Be sure to use the 2020-2021 Program Calendar to keep track of your completions.

› Health Screening—Glucose ($25+$25) UPDATED 8/1/20

Glucose measures the amount of sugar in your blood. Glucose is the primary energy source in your body. Insulin (a natural hormone produced by the pancreas) controls how glucose is used in your body. When the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin then blood levels of glucose rise, this is known as Type 2 Diabetes. Over time, high blood glucose may lead to diseases of the kidneys, eyes, heart and circulatory system, and the nervous system. Having your glucose checked can help to detect diabetes and other glucose metabolism disorders.

Non-fasting glucose range table

To earn a $25 co-share credit

To earn an additional $25 co-share credit
You must satisfy one of the following:

  • Your glucose is less than 200, OR
  • Your glucose is at 200 or over, but you consult with your physician and a signed Physician Screening - Flu Shot Form is submitted to BCBSRI by December 31, 2020.

Be sure to use the 2020-2021 Program Calendar to keep track of your completions.

› Health Screening—Total Cholesterol ($25+$25) UPDATED 8/1/20

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that your body needs to function. Your body makes cholesterol because it is needed to form cell membranes, some hormones, and bile acids (which digest fat). People also consume extra cholesterol through foods, especially animal foods like meats and dairy products. Your total cholesterol is a measure of the total amount of cholesterol in your blood and is based on the HDL, LDL, and triglycerides numbers. Keeping your cholesterol levels healthy is a great way to keep your heart healthy—and lower your chances of getting heart disease or having a stroke.

Cholesteral range table

To earn a $25 co-share credit

To earn an additional $25 co-share credit
You must satisfy one of the following:

  • Your total cholesterol is less than 200, OR
  • Your total cholesterol is at 200 or over, but you consult with your physician and a signed Physician Screening - Flu Shot Form is submitted to BCBSRI by December 31, 2020.

Be sure to use the 2020-2021 Program Calendar to keep track of your completions.

› Health Screening—Body Mass Index (BMI) ($25+$25) UPDATED 8/1/20

According to the CDC, BMI can be used as a screening tool, but it is not diagnostic of the body fatness or health of an individual. However, BMI can be an indicator of high body fatness. High body fatness means increased weight on your frame, putting you at risk for high blood pressure (hypertension), high blood sugar, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and breathing problems, some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver), clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders.

Body Mass Index (BMI) range table

To earn a $25 co-share credit

To earn an additional $25 co-share credit
You must satisfy one of the following:

  • Your BMI is between 18.5 and 27.5, OR
  • Your BMI is outside the 18.5 - 27.5 range, but you consult with your physician and a signed Physician Screening - Flu Shot Form is submitted to BCBSRI by December 31, 2020.

Be sure to use the 2020-2021 Program Calendar to keep track of your completions.

› Health Screening—Blood Pressure ($25+$25) UPDATED 8/1/20

High blood pressure is known as the “silent killer” as it typically has no symptoms and many people are not aware they have it. However, if high blood pressure goes untreated, it can have deadly consequences like congestive heart failure, heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, memory loss, vision loss, and heart disease.

Blood pressure range table

To earn a $25 co-share credit

  • Obtain a blood pressure screening in your physician’s office by December 31, 2020.
  • A signed Physician Screening - Flu Shot Form must be submitted to BCBSRI by December 31, 2020.

To earn an additional $25 co-share credit
You must satisfy one of the following:

  • Your blood pressure screening is below 140/90, OR
  • Your blood pressure screening is at or over 140/90, but you consult with your physician and a signed Physician Screening - Flu Shot Form is submitted to BCBSRI by December 31, 2020.

Be sure to use the 2020-2021 Program Calendar to keep track of your completions.


New Activities as of 8/1/20 (Alternatives to Health Screenings)

Due to the cancellation of the State Employee Health and Financial Wellness Fairs, new activities have been added to provide employees more opportunities to earn incentive credits. These new activities are alternatives to the health screenings for which employees could have qualified for $200 in co-share credit at the Wellness Fairs. PLEASE NOTE: The maximum an employee can qualify for through completion of these new alternative activities is $200 in co-share credit. Overall, the maximum amount of co-share credit an employee may earn through completion of Rewards for Wellness 2020-2021 activities is $500.

› Step Challenges ($50 each)

This fall, the State will sponsor three month-long step challenges on the Virgin Pulse platform:

  • September – Step It Up to a Better You
  • October – Fall Into Fitness
  • November – Washington DC

You’ll earn $50 in co-share credits for each challenge you sign up for and participate in. Participate in all three and earn $150 in co-share credits!

To sign up for a challenge, download the Virgin Pulse app or access the Virgin Pulse platform through www.bcbsri.com.

Please Note:

  • You must have a Virgin Pulse-connected smartphone or a Virgin Pulse-connected wearable fitness tracker to participate.
  • You will not earn any co-share credits for simply signing up without actually tracking any steps. In order to qualify for co-share credits you must participate in a challenge by having Virgin Pulse track your steps.

Need a fitness tracker? State employees are eligible to receive a free MaxBuzz after creating a Virgin Pulse account AND signing up for the step challenge. Follow these instructions to get your free MaxBuzz through the Virgin Pulse online store. Your new fitness tracker will be shipped directly to your house.

› Eye Exam ($50)

It’s been said that the eyes are a window into the soul – but they are also a window to your well-being. Whether you have 20/20 vision or need glasses to see clearly, an annual eye exam can help to catch and prevent both eye and non-eye related issues and diseases.

The obvious benefit of an eye exam is to help detect and treat vision problems, most commonly near-sightedness and far-sightedness. In addition to correcting vision, an annual eye exam can help detect, diagnose and treat eye disorders, like glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye disease and age-related macular degeneration. Eye exams can also help determine and diagnose various other health problems in the body. By monitoring changes in eyesight and the eye, doctors can catch signs for a variety of conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid eye disease and malignant eye melanoma.

Receive an eye exam anytime during 2020 and you'll receive $50 in co-share credits. The exam can be covered by your BCBSRI medical coverage or your VSP vision coverage and will be tracked automatically through claims activity.

› Flu Shot ($50)

Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.

Get a flu shot any time between September 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020, and you’ll earn $50 in co-share credits.

You can get your flu shot at your physician’s office, many pharmacies, a State-sponsored flu shot clinic (more information below), or perhaps from your employer.

  • If the shot is covered by your BCBSRI medical coverage or your CVS pharmacy coverage, or if you get your flu shot at a State-sponsored flu shot clinic, it will be tracked automatically.
  • o However, if you receive your flu shot from your employer because it is required for your job, a signed Physician Screening - Flu Shot Form must be submitted to BCBSRI by December 31, 2020. The physician screening portion of the form can be ignored if you’re submitting it to prove you obtained a flu shot outside of your BCBSRI medical coverage, your CVS pharmacy coverage, or a State-sponsored flu shot clinic.

The State will be hosting a series of flu shot clinics throughout the fall months to make flu shot access even easier. Please visit the Flu Shot page for more details on when and where these clinics will be held, as well as guidance for required online registration.

› Preventive Screenings ($50 each)

Regular preventive screenings can help find problems before they start. They also can help find problems early, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. By getting the right health services, screenings, and treatments, you are taking steps that help your chances for living a longer, healthier life.

Earn $50 in co-share credits for each applicable preventive screening you receive any time during 2020. BCBSRI will automatically track your participation. These screenings are in addition to your Annual Preventive Exam. Eligible preventive screenings are:

  • Colonoscopy
  • Pap Smear
  • Mammogram
  • PSA Testing
› Re-register for BCBSRI.com ($50)

BCBSRI will be introducing an enhanced online experience for members—one that makes it even easier to manage your plan, select a new PCP, track claims, and more. Re-register your account at www.bcbsri.com between October 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, and you'll earn $50 in co-share credits. This new incentive is in addition to the original $50 registration incentive.


Don’t forget that you can earn additional wellness incentives (up to $500 in co-share credits) by obtaining a qualifying Annual Preventive Exam.

* Only active State of Rhode Island employees who are paying State medical co-share premium payments at the time of the incentive delivery are eligible to receive co-share credits.

OEB cannot track the completion of your activities. Download the 2020-2021 Program Calendar (updated 8/1/20) to keep track of your Rewards for Wellness activities and incentive deliveries.

Physician Screening - Flu Shot Form

Health screenings:

  • To receive credits for health screenings you’ve obtained, the screenings must have occurred within January 1, 2020–December 31, 2020 and a signed Physician Screening - Flu Shot Form must be submitted to BCBSRI by December 31, 2020.

Flu shot verification:

  • This section of the form does not need to be completed if your flu shot is covered by your BCBSRI medical coverage or your CVS pharmacy coverage, or if you get your flu shot at a State-sponsored flu shot clinic. These shots will be tracked automatically.
  • If you receive your flu shot from your employer because it is required for your job, a signed Physician Screening - Flu Shot Form must be submitted to BCBSRI by December 31, 2020. The flu shot section of the form must be completed but the physician screening portion of the form can be ignored if you’re submitting it only for flu shot verification.
Dental Cleaning/Exam Form

If you receive your medical/Rx coverage under the Rhode Island State Employee Health Plan but not State dental coverage, you can complete and submit the Dental Cleaning/Exam Form to Delta Dental by December 31, 2020.

  • If you have questions related to Virgin Pulse, health screenings, and other BCBSRI activities, please call the BCBSRI State of Rhode Island Employee CARE Center at (401) 429-2104 or 1-866-987-3705. CARE Center hours are Monday–Friday, 8am–8pm and Saturday, 8am–12pm.
  • If you have questions related to the dental cleaning/exam activity, please contact Delta Dental at 800-843-3582.
  • For all other questions, please contact Tony Aristy, the State Wellness Programming Officer.