The Well Wisconsin Program achieved a significant first in 2023 by attaining its goal of surpassing 50,000 participants earning their $150 incentive.

This represents approximately 33% of eligible members of the State of Wisconsin Group Health Insurance Program (GHIP).

Bar chart showing Well Wisconsin participants from 2013 to 2023: 22,257 in 2013; 25,575 in 2014; 27,640 in 2015; 28,762 in 2016; 43,441 in 2017; 49,231 in 2018; 48,784 in 2019; 42,505 in 2020; 47,794 in 2021; 47,925 in 2022; 50,649 in 2023. The bars are color-coded, representing the administrators of Well Wisconsin: Health Plans (2013-2016), Stay Well (2017-2019), WebMD Health Services (2021-2023)
Number of Well Wisconsin participants earning incentive (2013-2023). Colors represent Well Wisconsin administrators.

Well Wisconsin is a voluntary incentive program for employees, retirees, and their spouses enrolled in GHIP, excluding Medicare Advantage subscribers. To earn the $150 incentive, participants complete a health assessment, health check, and one well-being activity from a menu of tools and resources provided by the program.

Deadline to earn the incentive this year is October 11, 2024.

Well Wisconsin's Molly Dunks stands behind a lectern beside a presentation screen with the texts: Local Employers, Well Wisconsin Participation Awards, Bayfield County, Green Bay Metro Sewerage District
Molly Dunks announces Well Wisconsin awardees.

Health Improvements

Aside from earning an incentive, Well Wisconsin participants also experienced valuable and real health improvements, according to Molly Dunks, ETF Disease Management and Wellness Program Manager.

Dunks said that based on Well Wisconsin data, repeat participants from 2022 to 2023 saw an improvement of 5.6% in their health. Participants who engaged in health coaching saw even greater results with an improvement of 7.3%.

2023 Celebration and Awards

Well Wisconsin celebrated these milestones on Feb. 22, 2024, at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. The event also honored participants from Wisconsin state agencies, universities, and local employers who made an impact on the well-being successes of the program.

The following received the 2023 Well Wisconsin Awards:

Excellence and Innovation in Employee Well-being

Bobbie Montgomery shows her framed award certificate while standing in front of a large photo of a white flower
Bobbie Montgomery, Personal Spotlight awardee
  • University of Wisconsin (UW)-Green Bay, for their fun and engaging ways its employee well-being committee supports well-being on campus, making the initiative a draw for employee recruitment and retention.
  • Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI), for the collaboration between three committees to coordinate and implement program activities and awareness surrounding the U.S. General’s Mental Health Framework.

Personal Spotlight

  • Chancellor Corey King (UW-Whitewater), for his inspiration for others and their well-being. He is intentional, approachable, down to earth, thoughtful and invested in the success of the University, making all employees feel like they matter.
  • Bobbie Montgomery (Department of Health Services), for her genuine concern for others and living her mission to support a culture of well-being within the organization. She is a bright light for many helping them overall obstacles and barriers to well-being. 

Well Wisconsin Participation

  • UW System Administration: highest participation (47%) among the Universities of Wisconsin (less than 1,000 employees).
  • UW-Oshkosh: highest participation (45%) among the Universities of Wisconsin (more than 1,000 employees).
Two women from the Department of Children and Families receive the award certificate from Jen Flogel of the Department of Administration. All three women are standing, with photos of flowers behind them.
Department of Administration's Jen Flogel (left) presents the award to the Department of Children and Families.
  • Wisconsin Department of Children and Families: highest participation (52%) among state agencies (more than 500 employees).
  • Wisconsin State Fair Park: highest participation (67%) among state agencies (less than 500 employees).
  • Bayfield County: highest participation (78%) among local employers (greater than 100 employees).
  • Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District: highest participation (75%) among local employers (less than 100 employees).

Other Notable Participation Accomplishments

State agencies with more than 45% participation:

  • Department of Financial Institutions
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Department of Revenue
  • Department of Tourism
  • Executive Branch
  • Public Service Commission
  • State of Wisconsin Investment Board
  • Wisconsin Technical College System

State agencies with increase in participation by 10%+ points from 2022:

  • OCI
  • Wisconsin Historical Society

Institutions with more than 40% participation:

  • UW-Green Bay
  • UW-Oshkosh
  • UW-Stevens Point
  • UW-Stout
  • UW System Administration

Institutions with increase in participation from 2022:

  • UW-Eau Claire
  • UW-Oshkosh
  • UW-Whitewater
  • UW-Platteville

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