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The SEIB Wellness Program has a New Look

We have designed a first-in-class wellness program for members of the State Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (BCBS Group 13000). We built on our existing Wellness Program, and worked with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Naturally Slim, and Virta Health to find solutions to meet the individualized needs of our membership.

The SEIB has been screening for risk factors for years, but now it is more important than ever to prevent, delay, manage, or even reverse chronic diseases. Individuals with one or more chronic diseases are more likely to suffer from the effects of COVID-19 than those with few or no health conditions. We understand your concerns and we are doing something about it. The SEIB is offering several wellness initiatives to help you become the healthiest version of yourself. We will communicate directly with the qualifying members of the SEHIP to offer programs to address diabetes, weight loss, hypertension, and much more.

The Achieve Wellness Program is meant to communicate our priority and commitment to:

Helping you achieve YOUR health goals!

The following programs are completely voluntary, but we encourage eligible members to take advantage of one of them. This rich benefit is offered at no cost to you as a valued member.

Wellness Program Referrals

Virta Health

Diabetes Program

Have you been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes? Have you heard the best you can do is manage your diabetes? Sounds hopeless, doesn’t it? What if you could reverse diabetes? I know it’s a lot of questions, but we have an answer! Virta Health is a clinically proven, physician-supervised program that has successfully reversed Type 2 diabetes in thousands of people. It will take effort on your part, but it should give you hope that it is possible.

Virta can help you lower your blood sugar, A1c, and weight, without the risks, costs, or side effects of medications or surgery. Virta uses the research-backed combination of nutritional ketosis, medical supervision, and one-on-one health coaching.

To learn more, visit Virta Health or contact Virta today!

Virta Health

Online Weight Loss

Ever wonder how some people can eat whatever they want and never gain weight? Well, there is a way they eat that makes that possible. Naturally Slim (NS) is an online program that teaches healthy habits leading to sustained weight loss, less stress, better sleep, and more – all with no restrictive diets, no calorie-counting, and no specialty foods required. You will learn to change when and how you eat (not what you eat) to improve your overall physical and emotional health while eating the foods you love! Plus, NS is clinically proven to help lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and triglycerides to help participants reduce the risks of developing diabetes and heart disease.  

To learn more, visit Natually Slim or contact Naturally Slim today!

myBlueHealth

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is constantly looking for ways to better serve our members. We are excited to offer an enhanced program that provides you a personal care team. As a member, you will receive personalized help making positive lifestyle choices such as eating healthier, exercising regularly, and taking medications as prescribed.

What is included?

  • Advocacy helps you locate a doctor or specialist, schedules appointments for you, explains your benefits, addresses your questions and problems, and researches issues concerning your healthcare needs.
  • Chronic Condition Management is telephone-based support for members with asthma, coronary artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, and heart failure.
  • Health Coaching offers support for conditions such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obesity, and prediabetes.

Your team consists of registered nurses, pharmacists, health coaches, registered dietitians, and licensed clinical social workers.

To get started, email myBlueHealth or call Click to Call (833) 964-1448 to enroll.


Tobacco

  1. Quit Now

Tobacco Cessation Program is now provided by the SEIB for subcribers and their covered spouses. The Quit Now program offers free master's level counseling and up to four weeks of free nicotine replacement therapy patches if you are in counseling with the Quitline and do not have medical contraindications. This program can be completed on-line or by phone.

Additionally, if you choose to quit through another SEIB approved program, SEIB will reimburse each member 80% of the cost of the program, with no deductible. There is a lifetime maximum benefit of $150. Tobacco cessation seminars and all forms of non-prescription nicotine replacement are covered services. Prescription medications for tobacco cessation are covered through the Prescription Drug Program and are not subject to the $150 lifetime maximum benefit. All claims must be filed with the SEIB, not BCBS.

To get started, visit Quit Now Alabama .

Forms

Maternity Care

Baby Yourself

Timely enrollment and participation in the Baby Yourself program can eliminate your $200 admission deductible and your $25 per day copay.

To get started, visit Baby Yourself

Health and Fitness

The SEIB wants you to have every opportunity to be successful on your road to better health. With that in mind, the SEIB has a fitness facility discount to encourage greater physical activity for all SEHIP members and their dependents.

How does this benefit you?

  • No enrollment fee for you or your family
  • No contract requirements
  • Your monthly membership fee will be payroll deducted

Interested? How do you join?

  • All enrollments and payroll deductions will be handled by the facility
  • The first month's fee will be made payable directly to the facility and payroll deduction will begin the second month of enrollment

View a complete list of participating exercise facilites

Wellness Discount

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is required to participate in order to receive the wellness discount?

All active employees, covered spouses of active employees, non-Medicare retirees and non-Medicare covered spouses of retirees covered under the State Employees’ Health Insurance Plan.

Where can I go for a wellness screening?

You must be screened at one of the following locations:
  Your worksite (through the SEIB’s worksite wellness screening program )
  A certified Participating Pharmacy location ,
  Your county Health Department , or
  A healthcare provider (through the submission of a Provider Screening Form).

What if I am an active employee and my spouse is Medicare eligible?

Both you and your spouse are eligible for a wellness premium discount because your spouse has SEHIP primary insurance coverage and Medicare is secondary.

Are new members eligible to receive the discount?

New employees and spouses are eligible to apply for the wellness premium discount. New employees will have 60 days from the date of hire and non-Medicare spouses will have 60 days from their effective date to apply for the discount.

What health risks are evaluated and how do I know if I am "At Risk"?

Risk factors and levels for at risk members include:

  • Blood pressure systolic reading of 160 or higher or your diastolic reading of 100 or higher;
  • Cholesterol reading is 250 or higher;
  • Glucose reading is 200 or higher;
  • Body mass index is 40 or higher.
What if I am found to be at risk? Can I still receive the discount?

Yes, you can still earn the wellness premium discount if you complete one of the following:

  • Submit health screening results indicating that you are not at risk for one or more of the above health risk indicators, or
  • Submit an office referral form indicating that you have been counseled by a healthcare provider for your identified risk(s), or
  • Submit proof of participation in a SEIB approved exercise or weight management program. You must provide SEIB with the name of the program, dates and location of participation, and a phone number for verification of your participation, or
  • Provide valid proof that you are self-managing and have made improvement in your identified risk(s). You must provide documentation of your improvement, or
  • Submit a completed provider screening form. It’s a good idea to have your provider complete and sign your form while you are in for an office visit. You can mail or fax your screening results to us and have the peace of mind knowing that your discount is in place.
How often should I participate in a wellness screening to continue receiving the discount?

In order to receive the wellness premium discount effective January 1 of any given plan year the criteria listed above should be satisfied no later than October 31st of the preceding year. Please note that it is your responsibility to make sure that SEIB has the required documentation in a timely manner.

How can I check the status of my wellness discount?

You can call the Interactive Voice Response at 1.334.263.8454 .

You can create an account at mySEIB and view your wellness status or you can call our wellness department at 1.866.838.3059 .

Please make sure your email address is correct in your mySEIB account. Important communications are periodically sent to members from SEIB.

2021 Gaps in Care*

Receiving certain preventive health screenings and following doctor’s orders can help you stay healthier and prevent illnesses. This is why the State Employees’ Insurance Board partnered with Blue Cross to administer a Gap in Care Premium Discount Program for you.

This Gap in Care Program focuses on preventing or helping better manage four diseases in particular: colon cancer, cervical cancer, breast cancer and diabetes. The screening guidelines below can help prevent or better manage existing illnesses based on your gender and age group:

  • Everyone Age 50 or older
    • Colon Cancer Screenings - one of the following is required
      • Colonoscopy – once every 10 years
      • Barium enema – once every 5 years
      • Sigmoidoscopy - once every 3 years
      • Fecal Occult Blood Test – once every year
      • Cologuard Test – once every 3 years
  • All Females Over 18
    • Cervical Cancer Screening – Pap smear once per year
  • Females Over 40
    • Breast Cancer Screening – Mammogram once per year
  • Diagnosed Diabetics
    • Hemoglobin A1C - once every 6 months
    • Diabetes Eye Exam - once a year**
*Individuals who meet criteria for the gaps in healthcare program must have appropriate healthcare services performed by November 1, 2021, to avoid a $25 penalty increase in their healthcare coverage premium starting January 1, 2022.
**Not all eye doctors file claims. If you use an eye doctor who does not file claims, please fax your test results to Blue Cross at 205-402-9411. All documents faxed should include your name, date of birth, and insurance contract number.

For more information on gaps that are affecting your premium, visit mySEIB .

If you have questions about your identified gap(s) in care or your specific medical condition, please contact a BCBS clinician at 1-888-759-2764. You can also log on to myBlueCross to view your care reminders and gaps in care.