Webster Wellness Announces Employee Reimbursement Program

| January 29, 2013

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Webster Wellness is introducing a new program that reimburses UnitedHealthcare member employees 50 percent of the cost of their health-related memberships or activity fees (e.g. fitness club memberships, personal training, Weight Watchers membership or a GO! St. Louis 5k walk/run), not to exceed $150 per quarter.

UnitedHealtchare Wellness Credits totaling $30,000 are funding this program through 2013 and employees must be members of UnitedHealthcare to participate in the program.

While we are confident that the amount of funding will allow us to reimburse most employees who apply, there is no guarantee of reimbursement due to the limitation in funding.  Therefore, we will prioritize reimbursements so that employees who have not previously received a reimbursement or are considered ‘new adopters’ will be given priority.  Beyond that, applications will be considered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

See more detailed information under “Events/Programs” on the Webster Wellness blog.  The first quarterly applications are due by midnight Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Questions? Contact wellness@webster.edu, or any member of the Webster Wellness Committee.

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  1. Alyssa Jones says:

    What a fantastic program. Very cool. Thanks, Webster Wellness!

  2. Tamara says:

    This is an awesome opportunity for those, like myself, who are trying to get in shape by the summer. Thank you!

  3. Dorothy Kopel says:

    It would be great if this opportunity could be extended to employees at the overseas campuses. We pay local insurance and are therefore not members of UnitedHealthcare, but many of us also belong to health clubs and try to make health maintenance and fitness central components of our lives. I am glad, in any case, that Webster recognizes that employees who make an effort to improve and sustain their health deserve to be supported in that effort.

  4. This is great! Thank you to everyone who contributed to bringing this benefit to campus!

  5. Ken Nickless says:

    We certainly know how to excite people, then burst the bubble. The tenet of the program that prevents implementation is the requirement to provide proof of attendance. Examples include:

    1) One can provide proof that they’ve joined a gym, but there is no means for demonstrating use of the gym, as required by the policy.

    2) Similarly, one can demonstrate that they’ve signed up for a run, spinning, cycling event, etc. But, again, this provides no verification that one participated.

    A bit more “fine tuning” seems required to make the program plausible. The worst thing we can do as an organization is to establish an expectation, then fail to create a path to successful implementation. (For those more humorously inclined, think of Congress. It can pass spending legislation, but if it fails to appropriate the money the legislation was a futile “exercise.”) Final thought, I hope we don’t tout this externally until the bugs are worked out!)

    • Cheryl Fritz says:

      Hi Ken — thanks for your feedback. It is not our intention to make this onerous, however, felt we should set an expectation of accountability and follow-through.

      To that end, we will be flexible in what is provided for attendance/participation. I have had a number of employees confirm that their fitness center (gym) provides a printout with their attendance. Also, in terms of an event, there is generally a race number, a picture at the event or at the very least, an affadavit that you can have someone sign indicating your participation. Note that we are not intending on assessing outcomes or frequency at this point, but some engagement in the membership/activity for which we are providing financial reimbursment.

      I am glad to further discuss with you what may work in your specific situation, but know that we will work together with those who choose to submit an application.

      As well, know that we are aware that there could be necessary modifications to improve the program process and we will continue to actively make those changes where necessary. Again, thank you and feel free to contact me at 314-246-7055 to further discuss.

      Cheryl Fritz/Chair, Webster Wellness

  6. Francine Case says:

    This is wonderful! I just joined Club Fitness and I know many others have a membership there too. Can you send out a notice quarterly, reminding the Webster community to take advantage.

    • Cheryl Fritz says:

      Thanks Francine — yes, we’ll do regular communication as a way to inform our community of the participation, how many and how much has been disbursed as well as to encourage others to participate.