Wellness Program & HIPAA Acknowledgement
The Franklin County Working on Wellness (WOW) Program is a voluntary wellness program available to all employees eligible to receive benefits. The program is administered according to federal rules permitting employer-sponsored wellness programs that seek to improve employee health or prevent disease, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as applicable, among others. If you choose to participate in the wellness program you will be asked to complete a voluntary health risk assessment or "HRA" that asks a series of questions about your health-related activities and behaviors and whether you have or had certain medical conditions (e.g., cancer, diabetes, or heart disease). You will also be asked to complete a biometric screening, which will include a blood test for fasting glucose, total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides. In addition, you will be asked to provide height, weight, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, and waist circumference values. You are not required to complete the HRA or to participate in the blood test or other medical examinations. However, if you choose to complete the HRA or biometric screening, your values will not be disclosed to the wellness program, as the HRA is completed by a third party contracted by our health insurance provider.
However, employees who choose to participate in the wellness program will receive an incentive of reduced health insurance premiums for one fiscal year. Although you are not required to complete the HRA or participate in the biometric screening, only employees who do so will receive reduced health insurance premium.
Additional incentives including apparel, drinkware, and other promotional materials may be available for employees who participate in certain health-related activities such as the annual Stress Free Day, seminars, and other scheduled activities and programs. If you are unable to participate in any of the health-related activities or achieve any of the health outcomes required to earn an incentive, you may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation or an alternative standard. You may request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative standard by contacting Emily Huegel at 919-497-5817.
The information from your HRA and the results from your biometric screening will be used to provide you with information to help you understand your current health and potential risks, and may also be used to offer you services through the health insurance provider, such as case management. You also are encouraged to share your results or concerns with your own doctor.