1. What is the Well Wisconsin Program?
The Well Wisconsin Program is available to eligible employees, retirees and their spouses enrolled in the group health insurance program. It provides services and resources through WebMD and rewards participants with a $150 cash incentive after completion of the health assessment, health check and a well-being activity. Please note, members enrolled in the Medicare Advantage health plan are not eligible for the Well Wisconsin incentive as they have other incentives available to them from UHC.
2. Who is WebMD and how do I earn the incentive?
Effective January 1, 2017, WebMD (who acquired StayWell in 2020) manages all aspects of the Well Wisconsin Program. You will complete the Well Wisconsin Program activities using the secure WebMD One wellness portal. WebMD will issue the $150 incentive if you complete the program activities by the wellness program year deadline.
Visit WebMD or call 1-800-821-6591 to learn more.
3. Is the information I provide to WebMD confidential?
Yes. All of the information you provide will be kept strictly confidential as required by federal law. Only aggregate de-identified information will be shared with the group health insurance program or large employer groups. See the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Notice Regarding Wellness Program and the WebMD privacy statement for more information.
4. Does my health plan offer other wellness incentives?
Effective January 1, 2021, UnitedHealthCare is the only health plan who may offer financial wellness incentives to Medicare Advantage members. All other members are encouraged to participate in Well Wisconsin, administered by WebMD to earn the $150 wellness incentive. Please note, Silver Sneakers will still be available to WEA Trust Medicare Plus members. UHC Medicare Advantage members will have access to gym membership using Renew Active.
5. Are wellness incentives taxable?
Yes, the Internal Revenue Service considers all incentives issued to you or your enrolled family members to be a fringe benefit of employment. Incentive payment information from WebMD will be provided to your employer to be reported as taxable income and applicable deductions will be applied. No personal health information is shared with your employer, only the incentive payment amount. Retirees will see taxes removed from their total gift card amount and will receive a W-2 from the WRS for incentive payments made by either WebMD or UHC.
6. Where can I find more information about the Well Wisconsin Program and WebMD?
Visit webmdhealth.com/wellwisconsin for additional information about the Well Wisconsin Program and WebMD resources.