Why am I being asked to be on a Stanford-sponsored medical plan?
Stanford is dedicated to offering a full range of medical plan options to our employees as part of their total rewards package. As health care costs continue to rise, we need to find ways to contain these costs so we can afford to continue offering competitively priced medical plans to our employees. Because preventable diseases and conditions are the main drivers of health care costs, we may lower our health care costs through lifestyle modifications that may influence these factors. This is why Stanford offers the BeWell@Stanford employee incentive program. BeWell provides the health and wellness tools and resources to help employees modify their lifestyles to be healthier. We believe that if our employees are healthy, then our health care costs will be less and we will be better able to contain rising health care costs.
Why are BeWell participants receiving a higher financial incentive for being enrolled in a Stanford-sponsored medical plan?
If you are enrolled in a Stanford-sponsored medical plan, complete the BeWell SHALA and Wellness Profile, and agree to share your health screening information, you’re helping Stanford understand how healthy or unhealthy our community is—and this helps us better tailor our prevention programs and services to the Stanford population. Further, if you’re making healthy lifestyle choices because of the BeWell program, this can help Stanford contain its health care costs. Thus, we want to encourage and reward our employees and their dependents for making the commitment to leading a healthy lifestyle.
However, we still reward employees who take steps to be healthy—even if they are not enrolled in a Stanford-sponsored plan or do not agree to share their information. Everyone has the opportunity to take part in the Wellness Profile portion of the program (free screening, advising and plan) and employees are eligible for the Berry incentives regardless of whether or not they share information or are on a Stanford-sponsored medical plan. In addition, benefits-eligible employees who are not on a Stanford-sponsored medical plan because they have waived medical coverage already receive a financial incentive of $25 per paycheck or $600 per year.