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PHA deadline changed to December 14, 2020

To reduce your cost for health care and receive the full premium credit for 2021, complete a Personal Health and Well-Being Assessment (PHA) by Monday, Dec. 14, at 11:59 p.m.

The PHA will not be available for completion, starting December 15, to prepare for the transition from PeopleSoft to Workday. The PHA should be available again in early January.

In 2021, the amount of available premium credit will be $25/month for enrolled faculty and staff, or $40/month when their enrolled spouse also completes the PHA. Due to limitations associated with COVID-19, a verified biometric screening does not need to be completed in 2020 to earn premium credit for 2021.

Faculty and staff currently eligible for benefits who plan to enroll in a medical plan effective January 1, 2021, should complete the PHA by December 14 to earn the full premium credit for all of 2021. If you wait until 2021 to complete the PHA and a verified biometric screening, you will start earning the premium credit within 30 days of completion, which may result in you not being able to earn the full year’s premium credit.

The PHA, found in the Virgin Pulse portal or Virgin Pulse mobile app (located under “Programs”), is an online self-evaluation of your overall wellness and only takes about 15 minutes to complete.

2020 Incentive Program

Changes are being made to the Your Plan for Health (YP4H) incentive program since the COVID-19 pandemic presented challenges to obtaining biometric screenings. For the remainder of 2020, benefits-eligible faculty, staff and their enrolled spouses only need to complete the Personal Health and Well-being Assessment (PHA) in order to earn the full 2021 medical plan premium credit. You no longer need to complete a verified Biometric Health Screening. Please make sure to complete the PHA in the Virgin Pulse portal by December 14, 2020.

If you do complete a verified screening this year, you will earn bonus YP4H points towards additional rewards.  In August, there will be limited-capacity on-campus screening appointments available or you can visit your primary care provider to obtain your biometric health values.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.   I still plan on completing a screening on-campus or with my healthcare provider – what bonus points will I earn for this?

A.   We encourage you to “know your numbers” and complete a health screening if you are able.  If you complete a verified screening, you will earn 3,000 YP4H bonus points, helping you to earn additional rewards in the incentive program.  In addition, if your verified health values fall into the healthy/normal range, you may earn up to an additional 2500 points.

Q.   I already completed my screening this year – but only earned 500 points at that time and have missed out on the 3,000 points bonus…can I earn those extra points?

A.   Starting July 1, 2020 – anyone that completes a verified screening will automatically earn 3,000 points.   Anyone that completed a screening from January 1 to June 30, 2020 had 2,500 points deposited into their account on July 21, 2020. You will see this reflected in your points statement as “Biometric Screening Bonus Points.”

Q.   If my provider wants to complete my annual exam via Telehealth, is there anything I need to do since they will not be taking my blood pressure and weight?

A.   Typically you need all values (height, weight, blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL and a blood sugar value (glucose or A1C) to earn credit for having a screening.  Due to the nature of a telehealth visit, you may not be able to receive height, weight or blood pressure.   After your telehealth well exam/physical, please reach out to the OSU Health Plan to ensure you get credit for your telehealth visit.  Email yp4h.clinicalservices@osumc.edu 


Personal Health & Well-being Assessment (PHA)

Q.  What do I need to do and by when to earn 2021 premium credit?

A.  For this calendar year, you only need to complete the online health assessment, called the PHA to earn premium credit. When you log into your Virgin Pulse account, you will find the health assessment on your Programs page, “TAKE HA.”

Q.   I am a new hire/newly enrolled on the medical plan and completed my PHA – I have not been earning premium credits due to not being able to complete a screening.  When will I start receiving the premium credit in my pay? 

A.  Enrolled faculty and staff who have completed the PHA, or have an enrolled spouse who has completed the PHA, will start receiving the premium credit in their October 9, 2020 pay (biweekly pay) or October 30, 2020 pay (monthly pay).

Q.   I am a new hire/newly enrolled on the medical plan and completed my PHA – I have not been earning premium credits due to not being able to complete a screening.  Will I be able to earn the missed premium credits since I have a completed PHA?  If so when can I expect to begin receiving them? 

A.  Absolutely.  If you (and/or your spouse) have a completed PHA this calendar year and are owed missed premium credits – you will be able to receive them in a future paycheck.  Missed premium credits will be applied based on the 2020 date you completed the PHA.  We are working to determine a timeline for when you can expect to see missed credits.  Check here for updates.

Additional credits, based on the date the PHA was completed, were included in November 20, 2020 (biweekly pay) and November 30, 2020 (monthly pay).

If you have additional questions, please contact yp4h@osu.edu

Health and Wellness Event and Activity Updates

In response to the recent COVID-19 news and university guidance, several on-campus health and wellness activities have been canceled. Details are below.

  • Some wellness programming has been reformatted to be offered virtually.   Please check the events calendar for registration information.
  • Managers can share well-being resources that are available for employees and their families who may need support during this time.
  • A repository of the best healthy-living apps, tips, and advice can be found on the wellness.osu.edu website. 
  • Information about COVID-19 reporting, employee leave management and associated workplace issues is located on the Human Resources website.
  • Continue to check the university’s coronavirus website for additional updates and other information.