Wellness Benefit Options

All active employees who regularly work 20 hours per week, at least nine months each year (sometimes referred to as "benefits eligible"), will need to elect a free Wellness Program option for 2020, even if you waive medical coverage. These wellness programs are offered as a benefit of employment and not as part of the group health plan.

Program Options

• Option 1: Pulse Program provides cash rewards of up to $400 ($800/family) for participating in a variety of activities including step-based team MOVE IT challenges, individual healthy habit challenges, daily health tips, activity, sleep and nutrition trackers, and more

• Option 2: Fitness Reimbursement Benefit provides up to $225 for expenses incurred for fitness facility memberships and exercise class fees (including online/DVD exercise classes)

• Option 3: Dartmouth Fitness Membership at Alumni Gym provides a free Dartmouth Fitness Basic level annual membership (value: $365) from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. If you would like to upgrade to a Plus level membership, providing you with access to Zimmerman Fitness Center, you will be able to do so by paying the additional cost ($110).


During the annual Open Enrollment period of October 21 - November 4, 2019, all active benefits eligible employees need to elect one of three wellness options for 2020 in FlexOnline. All new employees will elect one of these options when they enroll in benefits. 

You will not be able to change this election until the next Open Enrollment period for 2021. Active benefits eligible employees will only be able to change their elections on an annual basis during Open Enrollment. Any elections made during open enrollment will be effective January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020 (with the exception of the Dartmouth Fitness Membership which is effective July 1, 2020).

Tax Information

All three 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.

Options for Retirees

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. Any reimbursements received as part of the Fitness Benefit are considered taxable income. Retirees should consult their personal tax advisor regarding the proper reporting of this income.

If an active employee retires mid-year they will continue with their elected wellness program option through the remainder of the year they retiree in and then will transition to the Fitness Reimbursement Benefit for the following calendar year.

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