Personal accountability continues to be a key to the success of the Merritt Wellness Program. Merritt Wellness encourages all employees to further their personal health journeys and will continue to provide tools and resources to help everyone along their path, including activities and challenges that will be offered throughout the year.
Merritt has done well and we are sure we can do even better. This year we are going to kick it up a notch. In order to qualify for the preferred premium rate in 2017, Merritt will ask that employees do 2 things:
Merritt’s healthcare coverage allows all participants one annual physical every 12 months. While it’s important to know your numbers it is also important to establish and maintain a relationship with your primary care physician. In order to qualify for the preferred premium in 2017, employees must visit a Primary Care Physician and submit an affidavit indicating the visit is completed.
Merritt will offer an on-site biometric screening event in the fall to allow all employees the chance to participate in the screening process. If your annual physical occurs between September 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017, employees may alternatively have their screening performed by their primary care physician as part of their annual physical and use a physician’s affidavit to submit their biometric values. Values will be compared to values collected in 2016.
Employees who did not meet or improve in at least 2 of the 6 Key Health Indicators will have an opportunity to visit their personal physician to submit new values or request a waiver for values affected by an existing medical condition. A reasonable alternative program will be available as another method for earning the preferred premium rate for those values that cannot be appealed or waived.
All new employees who were hired after November 1, 2016 need only to participate in the biometric screening and attend an annual physical with their primary care physician in order to receive the preferred rate in 2017, they will not be required to meet or improve in 2 of the 6 Key Health Indicators. Anyone hired after June 1 is waived from the physical examination and need only participate in the screening to receive the preferred rate in 2017.