No changes were made to the Health Engagement Model (HEM) program for the 2014 plan year.  The HEM program will provide a financial incentive in your pay if you elect to participate and a financial disincentive in your health plan if you choose not to participate.

Summary of 2014 HEM Program:

  • Complete the online HEM Health Assessment between September 1 – October 31, 2013.  Both you and your enrolled spouse/domestic partner MUST complete the online health assessment by the due date.  Your spouse/domestic partner will not receive separate notification of the requirement and/or due date.
  • Complete two health related activities during 2014  
    • Health Activities are individualized and can range from getting a physical, going to the dentist, starting and/or continuing an exercise program, walking at lunch time, to eating more fruits and vegetables.
    • For employees and/or spouse/domestic partners that use tobacco, one activity will involve trying to quit.
    • For employees and/or spouse/domestic partners that are overweight, one activity will involve trying to lose weight.
    • Additional list of PEBB approved activities is found at: http://www.oregon.gov/DAS/PEBB/Pages/HEMActivities.aspx
    • Required to be eligible to participate in the 2015 HEM program.
    • Employees will attest to completing the requirements during Open Enrollment in 2014 (for 2015 benefits)
  • There are no additional deadlines and/or PEBB tracking of completion of HEM activities during 2014.
  • If you PARTICIPATE in the HEM:  You WILL RECEIVE a taxable incentive in your monthly pay of $17.50 (employee only) or $35 (employee + spouse/domestic partner).  The HEM incentive will begin on your December 2013 paycheck.
  • If you DO NOT participate in the HEM: You will have an additional $100 per person deductible added to your medical plan’s deductible (family maximum of $300).  The additional deductible applies to both the In Network and Out-of-Network deductibles. 

Eligibility:

  • Eligible to Participate:
    • Employees that have PEBB health insurance coverage effective on/or before November 1, 2013.
    • Employees that participated in the 2013 HEM program and completed the two healthy activities during 2013.
    • Employees that did not participate in the 2013 HEM program, but elected to participate in the 2014 HEM during Open Enrollment.  This includes: employees that were not eligible to participate in 2013; employees that elected not to participate in 2013; and those that elected to participate in 2013 but did not complete the health assessment by the due date.
    • Employees that “Opted Out” or “Declined” health insurance during 2013, but enrolled in a health plan for 2014 plan year during Open Enrollment.
  • NOT Eligible to Participate:
    • Employees hired on or after November 1, 2013.
    • Employees that “Opt Out” or “Declined” PEBB Benefits for the 2014 plan year.
    • Employees that participated in the 2013 HEM program and did NOT complete the two healthy activities during 2013.  Answered “No” to the Open Enrollment question – Did you complete two healthy activities during 2013.

EXEMPTION from the HEM can be requested if:

  • Spouses in the military serving overseas
  • Members enrolled in Hospice or extended hospital stays preventing them from completing their HEM action requirements
  • Incarceration
  • Members who are out of the country from their plan year coverage effective date and their HEM action requirements.
  • Exemption Form
    • PEBB Statewide & Providence Choice (will be available after September 1, 2013)
    • Kaiser (will be available after September 1, 2013)

How to Participate in the HEM – 2 Step Process

Step 1:  PEBB Open Enrollment Completion

Confirm your benefit elections, make changes, re-enroll in flexible spending accounts, AND indicate your HEM participation status for the 2014 plan year.

If you want to participate in the 2014 HEM and your participation status in the 2013 HEM program was:

  • HEM Participant – you will be asked if you completed your two healthy activities during 2013.
    •  If you answer “Yes”, you are eligible to participate in 2014 and you will default to HEM Participant for 2014.
    • If you answer “No”, you will not be eligible to participate in 2014 and you will default to Non-HEM Participant for 2014.
  • Non-HEM Participant – you will need to click on the “change” button next to the Medical Plan on the Core Benefits page.
  • Not-Eligible Participant – you will need to click on the “change” button next to the Medical Plan on the Core Benefits page.

HOW/WHERE to re-enroll and make changes during Open Enrollment –

Step 2:  HEM Health Assessment Completion

Complete the online health assessment between September 1, 2013 and October 31, 2013.* 

You and your enrolled spouse/domestic partner must complete the online HEM Health Assessment.  You are responsible for ensuring that your spouse/domestic partner completes the health assessment by the due date.  Your spouse/domestic partner will not receive separate notification of the requirement or due date.

  • PEBB Statewide and Providence Choice members:
    NEW!
    Click here for tips on taking the personal health assessment at myProvidence.org.
    • Log into myProvidence 
      • You do not need an “activation code” to complete the health assessment (this is the red banner at the top of the page), you can ignore this banner if you do not want to use the site’s “enhanced” services.
      • You should see “Welcome, PEBB member!” at the top of the page.
      • Click on
        • “Go Now” found in the green box “Take your personal health assessment” located in the center of the page; or
        • “Personal Health Assessment” quick link under “My Health” located on the left hand side of the page

For assistance with access to your myProvidence website, call Providence customer service at:

  • 877.814.9909 (Assistance with user name, password or registration)
  • 877.569.7768 or 503.216.6463 (How to associate a PEBB health plan membership with your account or other questions about using myProvidence) , Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm; Weekend hours on 10/26 & 10/27/13 8am-5pm; and extended hours on 10/31/13 7am-Midnight

For assistance logging into your kp.org account, contact Kaiser at 800.556.7677, Monday-Friday, 6am-7pm, weekends 7am-3pm

*For new and newly benefit eligible employees that are hired and/or become benefits eligible between September 1 and October 31, 2013, you will need to call PEBB at 503.373.1102 to get an access code to allow you to complete the HEM Health Assessment. You must first complete the initial new hire/newly eligible enrollment process before calling to get the HEM access code.

Employees that opted out of health insurance during the 2013 plan year and are enrolling in health insurance during Open Enrollment will also need to call PEBB for an access code to complete the HEM Health Assessment once.  Call PEBB at 503.373.1102 for the access code after completing the Open Enrollment process.

PEBB Determines Participation Status:

PEBB will determine your participation status in the 2014 HEM Program after the close of Open Enrollment, October 31, 2013.  You will be considered a HEM Participant or a NON-HEM Participant based on the following criteria:

  • HEM Participant* – you must complete the two steps below between September 1 – October 31, 2013
    • Step 1:  Enrolled in the HEM program during Open Enrollment
    • Step 2:  Completed the online health assessment. Both you and your enrolled spouse/domestic partner are required to complete the health assessment by the due date.  You are responsible to notify your spouse/domestic partner of the requirement.  Your spouse/domestic partner will not receive separate notification of the requirement and/or due date.

*If you participated in the HEM in 2013, you would were required to complete to health activities during 2013 and attest to the completion of those activities by answering “Yes” to the Open Enrollment question. 

  • NON-Participant:
    • You answered “NO” to the Open Enrollment question: “Did you do two health activities during 2013; or
    • You elected not to enroll in the HEM program during Open Enrollment; or
    • You did not complete the Open Enrollment process (Step 1) and defaulted into Non-participant status; or
    • You elected to participate during Open Enrollment but you and/or your enrolled spouse/domestic partner did not complete the required health assessment (Step 2) between September 1 and October 31, 2013.

More information on the HEM: