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The goal of the wellness program is to improve the health of employees by encouraging them to build relationships with primary care physicians, utilize wellness and preventive exams, and reduce tobacco use. 

What is the 2019 Wellness Program Reward?

Classic & Premier Plans:  a reduction in your maximum medical plan out-of-pocket costs.  Reduced by $1400 single, $2800 family in Classic.  Reduced by $500 single, $1000 family in Premier.
Health Savings Plan:  an additional employer contribution to your HSA

Review the communications

UAMS Benefits Update Notice – mailed in June to all benefit-eligible employees
UA Benefits Bulletin – mailed in September to medical enrollees

How do I get the 2019 Wellness Reward?

The following applies to employees enrolled in a UA medical insurance plan and who carry the coverage in their name.  It does not apply to covered family members. 

If you were employed and covered on or before 6-30-2018, complete these two steps:

STEP # 1  – Office visit to your doctor
The University recently relaxed this criteria to be almost any office visit (rather than an annual physical) between Nov. 1 2017 and Nov. 1 2018.  Click the link below for specifics.

What is a qualified office visit?
To make sure you have had such a visit, view these instructions on how to verify through UMR.

STEP # 2  Complete the Tobacco Pledge in November 2018, during open enrollment.
You’ll do this online via Employee Self Service (ESS).  These two answers, along with completing step # 1, will qualify you for the wellness reward:

– You’re a non-user and pledge to continue to remain tobacco-free.
– You’re a current tobacco user but commit to enroll in and complete a recognized tobacco cessation program in 2019.

Did your coverage start 7-1-2018 or later?  If so, complete just one step:

Take the Tobacco Pledge online through ESS in November.  Or if you are hired in or after the month of November, you’ll complete this along with your other onboarding tasks in My Compass.  You won’t be required to get your annual wellness exam until next year.

Tobacco Surcharge for 2019

In support of the University’s tobacco-free efforts, a monthly $50 tobacco surcharge ($23.08 if paid biweekly) will be charged to you if you are enrolled in the medical plan and:

  • You do not complete the Tobacco Pledge, or
  • You do not certify your enrollment in a tobacco cessation program, or
  • You elect to continue to use tobacco.

If you are assessed the surcharge, you will pay it with after-tax payroll deductions. The surcharge will be deducted from your pay.  It will be a separate deduction, not an addition to your medical insurance premium.

You may choose to participate in a tobacco-free/tobacco cessation program to avoid the $50 tobacco surcharge without completing an annual wellness exam and without earning the wellness incentive.  In other words… take the tobacco pledge (which is really a tobacco-free pledge) and avoid the $50 surcharge.  Then if you also have a qualified office visit by Nov. 1, you’ll get the wellness reward.

The surcharge will apply for the entire 2019 calendar year.

However, you will have the opportunity to submit an updated Tobacco Pledge by July 1, 2019. If you do so, and you check the boxes that qualify you as a non-tobacco user (either because you are a non-user or because you commit to enrolling in a cessation program), you won’t be charged the $50 surcharge from July through December, 2019.

You will be asked to re-certify your tobacco/nicotine-free status during each future open enrollment.

Truthfully completing the Tobacco Pledge and completing a tobacco cessation program is based on the honor system. However, we will review program compliance this first year and may re-start Cotinine Testing (that is, testing for tobacco use) in future years.


Benefit plan information on these web pages is in a summary format and is not intended to replace actual plan documents. UAMS reserves the right to amend or terminate all or any part of any benefit plan.