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Wellness Options for 2018

Wellness at Dartmouth will be making changes to the Wellness at Dartmouth offerings for those enrolled in a Dartmouth-sponsored Cigna medical plan beginning January, 2018. 

During the annual open enrollment period this fall, employees who elect a Dartmouth-sponsored Cigna medical plan for 2018 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

 Consistent with current practice, benefits-eligible employees who do not elect a Dartmouth-sponsored medical plan for 2018 will only be eligible to participate in the Pulse program.

 

More details about the 2018 wellness options will continue to be updated on this webpage as we get closer to open enrollment. In the meantime, please see below for some 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, employees who elect a Dartmouth-sponsored Cigna medical plan for 2018 may choose one of two wellness options:

• 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.

Consistent with current practice, benefits-eligible employees who do not elect a Dartmouth-sponsored medical plan for 2018 will only be eligible to participate in the Pulse program.

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 (available to enrolled adult family members 18+ only). All reimbursements will be provided via payroll and will be subject to applicable tax withholdings.  This option is only available to employees who elect a Dartmouth College-sponsored health plan for 2018.

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).

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

Employees who elect a Dartmouth College-sponsored Cigna health plan for 2018 may select this as their option.  If this option is selected by the employee, all adult family members (18+) who are enrolled on the employee's Dartmouth-sponsored medical plan can access this option (a total of $225 per calendar year, per family).

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 coverage). It is also open to spouses/same sex domestic partners who are enrolled on the employee's Dartmouth College health plan. If the employee is electing a Dartmouth-sponsored health plan for 2018, and wishes to participate in the Pulse program, they must select this option during open enrollment.  If the employee waives medical coverage, the Pulse program is the only option available. 

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 will expire 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 reimbursement, up to $225, will be provided via a check mailed to the Retiree's address.  The reimbursement for retirees will not be subject to taxes.

More details about the 2018 wellness options will continue to be updated on this webpage as we get closer to open enrollment.

Last Updated: 6/7/17