State employees earn a rich package of wellness benefits. It is important for a Wellness Champion to understand and encourage the use of existing employee benefits.
Health Insurance and Pharmacy Benefits
The State of Minnesota is self-insured and provides qualified employees with three health insurance carriers from which to choose: BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota, HealthPartners and Preferred One. Routine physical exams are provided at no cost to the employee. Navitus provides our pharmacy benefits.
The State of Minnesota offers eligible employees and their dependents a choice between two dental carriers: HealthPartners and Delta Dental's State Dental Plan.
Personal Health Assessment and Health Coaching
State employees who are eligible for health insurance are also encouraged to complete the personal health assessment each year. The assessment provides a snapshot of your health status, and recommends strategies to reach your health potential. Completing the health assessment qualifies you for free coaching in different wellness areas. Those who complete a health assessment during Open Enrollment in the Fall, and who agree to a coaching call are given reduced co-pays on medical visits for the year.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The EAP provides professional, confidential consulting services to employees and their immediate family members at no cost to the user, in a broad range of areas, including marriage, family, workplace, chemical dependency, financial and legal counseling.
Influenza (flu) shot clinics are held around the state each fall season.
Convenience clinics, located throughout Minnesota, provide quality medical care for simple illnesses such as colds and ear infections, health screenings and vaccinations. Services are available for a copayment, which is waived for preventive care.
Sick and Vacation Leave
State employees earn sick and vacation leave in accordance with their union contract.
Work Well is a wellness benefit for State of Minnesota employees, and provides technical support to all agency wellness committees.
More information on these benefits can be found on the State Employee Group Insurance Program (SEGIP) website.