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Get the Most Out of Your Health Plan: Biometric Screenings for State Employees and Covered Spouses

February 13, 2018

Regular biometric screenings measure changes in your health over time. They can uncover risk factors that may otherwise go undetected, and help you learn what lifestyle changes may improve your health.

If you’re an employee of the State of Georgia, or a covered spouse of a Georgia employee, you may be eligible to schedule a free biometric screening and earn rewards in the process.

What Happens at a Biometric Screening?

At an SHBP-sponsored biometric screening, a health professional will measure your height, weight, cholesterol and glucose levels, triglycerides, and other factors. They will collect a sample of your blood.

Your results will not be shared with your employer.

Why? Better Health and Incentives

First, why not? It’s covered under your plan, there are hundreds of screenings available throughout the state, and it can detect unknown risks to your health!

If you’re looking for something more immediate, SHBP’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, UnitedHealthcare, and Kaiser Permanente plans all offer monetary incentives for completing an annual biometric screening, among other tasks.

Incentives for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia or UnitedHealthcare

As a covered employee or spouse, you can earn up to 480 well-being incentive credits to offset eligible medical and pharmacy expenses. To earn your first 240 credits, complete these two actions before November 30:

  • Assess your health with the RealAge® test, confidential, online questionnaire. It takes only 15 minutes to complete.

  • Complete a biometric screening, either through your physician or at an SHBP-sponsored screening event.

Improve your health and earn up to 240 more credits with over-the-phone coaching, online health tracking, or a combination of both.

SHBP will deposit earned credits into your account(s) as you complete the tasks.

Upcoming Screening Event in Atlanta: Schedule Your Screening Today!

If you are in the Atlanta area and you or your spouse are an SHBP member covered under Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia or UnitedHealthcare, you can get a biometric screening at the Sloppy Floyd Building on February 27. Today is the deadline to schedule for the February 27 event!

Incentives for Kaiser Permanente

Employees and covered spouses with a Kaiser Permanente plan can each earn a $500 Wellness Incentive reward card to be used on anything. To receive the reward, you must do the following within your reward period:

  • Complete your 2017 KP online Total Health Assessment (THA), a confidential, online questionnaire. It takes only 20 minutes to complete.

  • Complete a Biometric Screening at a Kaiser Permanente Medical Office or by a KP clinician at a SHBP-sponsored screening event. Log into Kaiser Permanente’s wellness site and use the signup code “SHBP” to find screening events and schedule your appointment.

  • Get screened for all age- and gender-appropriate preventative screenings for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancer.

  • Complete an online Health Lifestyle Program.

Learn more about the Kaiser Permanente Wellness Program online.

Prepare for Your Biometric Screening

For the best results, SHBP recommends that you:

  • Fast from food and drink, except water, for 9 hours before the screening (unless otherwise recommended by your doctor or for your prescribed medications)

  • Drink plenty of water

  • Continue taking medications as prescribed

The screening will take about 15 minutes. Plan to arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled time.

 
Rachel Hart

About the Author

Rachel Hart is the User Experience Designer for Digital Services Georgia. On Georgia.gov, she makes government material approachable with writing, infographics, videos, and other imagery.

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