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Employees Who Participate in Wellness Program to Get $100 Reward

by on October 02, 2013 10:42 AM

Penn State faculty members who've signed up for a controversial health screening are now being rewarded for their cooperation.

The university announced Tuesday that employees who complete the wellness profile and biometric screening, and agree to the preventive physical exam certification will receive a $100 cash reward. People who complete the screening process along with their spouse or same-sex domestic partner will qualify for a $150 cash reward.

That's quite a change from the original plan.

Over the summer, Penn State told faculty and staff that anyone who did not agree to the screening would have to pay an extra $100 per month for health insurance. That sparked an angry backlash from many employees who were concerned about who might have access to their personal health information.

In September, Penn State announced it would not impose a $100 monthly fee on employees who refused to participate in a wellness screening. Instead, a joint task force is being set up to consider ways to lower skyrocketing health care costs.

The Take Care of Your Health Initiative steps will need to be completed by Nov. 22 to receive the reward.

"It is important to note that if an employee, or the employee's spouse or same-sex partner chooses to delete the WebMD Health Services account, the employee will not be eligible for the cash reward," says Susan Basso, the university's vice president for Human Resources.


Adam Lidgett is a freelance reporter who has covered news and feature stories in State College and Centre County.
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