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Wellness Initiatives for Retirees

Are you not yet eligible for Medicare and covered by an MCPS-provided medical insurance plan through CareFirst, or Kaiser Permanente? If so, you can learn more about your health and reduce your contributions to your health insurance with the Wellness Initiatives program. To take full advantage of these rate reductions, complete a biometric health screening and a health risk assessment yearly.

If you are a new retiree and are not eligible for Medicare, you must complete a biometric health screening and a health risk assessment as a retiree to receive the incentives and reduce your contribution to your retiree health insurance. Any incentive credited while you were an active employee covered by an employee medical plan WILL NOT carry over to your retiree health plan.

Need more information about the Wellness Initiatives program? Read the Frequently Asked Questions

Biometric Health Screenings

Complete a biometric health screening of your blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index, and cholesterol between October 12, 2020 and October 8, 2021—and again each year by the announced deadline. If you do, MCPS will pay 1 percent more of the total cost of your health insurance (medical, prescription, dental, and vision) in 2021—reducing your contribution by 1 percent.* Enrolled in a two-party or family medical plan? Only you—the medical-plan subscriber—needs to complete a screening to earn the incentive. 

Here's how:

For 2021—

A number of retirees had difficulty completing a biometric health screening or physical by the October 9, 2020 deadline due to COVID-19. For that reason, an alternative to the biometric health screening was established: Biometrics Incentive Alternative Training. Click this link to complete the training by December 18, 2020, in lieu of having a biometric health screening. If you do, you will receive Wellness Initiatives credit for 2021. The December 18, 2020, deadline extension is for the biometrics alternative training only. The deadline to receive credit for a biometric health screening (physical) was October 9, 2020.

For 2022—

  • Sign up for a Well Aware biometric health screening that is associated with your medical insurance plan. You must have a confirmed appointment to participate in this non-fasting screening.
    IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19, Well Aware is unable to hold onsite biometric health screenings at this time. The schedule at the above link will be updated once we can resume the screenings. See below for other ways to earn this incentive.


Health Risk Assessments

In addition to a biometric health screening, you can save another 1 percent of the total cost of your health insurance by completing your medical insurance plan's online health risk assessment between October 12, 2020 and October 8, 2021—and again each year by the announced deadline.* For two-party and family plans, only the MCPS subscriber needs to complete an assessment to earn the incentive.

Here's how:

*If you are covered by a prescription, dental, and/or vision plan, but do not carry medical insurance through MCPS, you may complete a biometric health screening, but will NOT be eligible for the 1 percent reduction. You will NOT be able to complete a health risk assessment, however, since they are offered only through the medical plans.