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New Wellness Program Options for 2018!

All benefits-eligible employees will need to elect a Wellness Program option for 2018 through FlexOnline, even if you waive medical coverage. If you do not elect a Wellness Program option during the Open Enrollment period (October 23 - November 6), you will be defaulted to the Pulse program.


For details on your wellness program options for 2018, click here.

 

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Wellness Options for 2018

Wellness at Dartmouth will be making changes to the Wellness at Dartmouth offerings for all active benefits eligible employees* beginning January, 2018. 

During the annual open enrollment period this fall (October 23 - November 6), active employees may choose one of two wellness offerings for the 2018 calendar year:

Option 1: the Pulse program, with incentives of up to $400 per participant per calendar year, and up to $800 per family per calendar year if your spouse is eligible

Option 2: a $225 fitness reimbursement benefit per family, per calendar year, for expenses limited to fitness facilities and exercise classes, including online/DVD exercise classes

• Both options will be subject to applicable tax withholdings

 *All active benefits eligible employees will now have the choice between the Pulse program and the Fitness Benefit for 2018; this is a change from the original communication that said only those employees enrolling in medical benefits for 2018 would receive this choice.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Why is Dartmouth making changes to their wellness offerings for 2018?

Dartmouth is making changes to our wellness offerings based on feedback from faculty and staff. 

2. How and when do I make my wellness selection?

During the annual open enrollment period this fall (October 23 - November 6), active benefits eligible employees may choose one of two wellness options for the 2018 calendar year:

• Option 1: the Pulse program, with incentives of up to $400 per participant per calendar year, and up to $800 per family per calendar year if your spouse is eligible

Option 2: a $225 fitness reimbursement benefit per family, per calendar year, for expenses limited to fitness facilities and exercise classes, including online/DVD exercise classes

Both options will be subject to applicable tax withholdings.

3. What is the new Fitness Reimbursement Benefit option?

This is a reimbursement for expenses limited to fitness facilities and exercise classes, including online/DVD exercise classes. Eligible expenses can be submitted immediately to Cigna (there will be no attendance criteria that needs to be met prior to submission).  The Fitness Benefit will provide a reimbursement of up to $225 per calendar year, per family (family includes spouses and same sex domestic partners who are enrolled on the employee's Dartmouth College health plan). All reimbursements will be provided via payroll and will be subject to applicable tax withholdings.  

4. What is the process for getting reimbursed for eligible expenses through the Fitness Benefit?

Receipts must be submitted directly to Cigna after a purchase has been made. Reimbursements, up to $225, will be paid via payroll and will be subject to applicable tax withholdings. All eligible expenses made during the 2018 calendar year must be submitted to Cigna and postmarked by December 31, 2018 (receipts must have a 2018 date; if an annual Alumni Gym membership is purchased in July 2017 you may ask the Membership Office for a receipt in January showing your 2018 fees only).

5. Who is eligible for the Fitness Reimbursement Benefit option?

All active benefits eligible employees, including those who have waived medical coverage.  If this option is selected by the employee, a spouse or same sex domestic partner who is enrolled on the employee's Dartmouth-sponsored medical plan can also use this benefit (a total of $225 per calendar year, per family (family includes spouses and same sex domestic partners).

6. Who is eligible for the Pulse program option?

The Pulse at Dartmouth program is open to all active benefits eligible employees, including those who have waived medical coverage. It is also open to spouses and same sex domestic partners who are enrolled on the employee's Dartmouth College health plan. If the employee wishes to participate in the Pulse program, they must select this option during open enrollment.  Their eligible spouse or same sex domestic partner will automatically receive access to the Pulse program if the employee elects this option during open enrollment. 

7. Are the Pulse rewards and/or the Fitness Benefit reimbursements considered taxable income?

Yes, both options will be subject to taxes and the applicable taxes will be withheld from payroll. If your spouse earns rewards through the Pulse program or receives reimbursements for the Fitness Benefit, applicable taxes will be withheld from the employee's paycheck.

8. Can I change wellness options mid-year?

No, once a wellness program option has been selected, no changes or exceptions will be made. Employees will be able to change their selections on an annual basis during Open Enrollment (October/November).  Any selections made during open enrollment will be effective January 1 of the following calendar year.

9. Will Dartmouth College continue to have discounted membership rates at any local fitness facilities?

No, the current discounted rates at CCBA and UVAC will expire on December 31, 2017 and the current waived joining fee at the River Valley Club expired on June 30, 2017.

10. What wellness program options do Retirees have?

Retirees, enrolled on a Dartmouth College-sponsored health plan, only have access to the $225 Fitness Reimbursement Benefit. Consistent with current practice, all reimbursements for retirees will be submitted directly to Cigna and the reimbursement, up to $225, will be provided via a check mailed to the Retiree's home address.  If an active employee retirees mid-year and had previously selected the Pulse program, they will continue with the Pulse program through the remainder of the year they retiree in and then will transition to the Fitness Reimbursement Benefit for the following calendar year. 

11. How can I compare the Wellness Options?

Please see below for a chart that compares the two wellness options - the Pulse Program and the Fitness Reimbursement Benefit. 

comparison chart

 

 

Last Updated: 10/3/17