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Wellness Initiatives for Retirees

Are you not yet eligible for Medicare and covered by an MCPS-provided medical insurance plan through CareFirst, or Kaiser Permanente? If so, you can learn more about your health and reduce your contributions to your health insurance with the Wellness Initiatives program. To take full advantage of these rate reductions, complete a biometric health screening and a health risk assessment yearly.

If you are a new retiree and are not eligible for Medicare, you must complete a biometric health screening and a health risk assessment as a retiree to receive the incentives and reduce your contribution to the cost of your retiree health insurance. Any incentive credited while you were an active employee covered by an employee medical plan WILL NOT carry over to your retiree health plan.

Need more information about the Wellness Initiatives program? Read the Frequently Asked Questions

Biometric Health Screenings

Complete a biometric health screening of your blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index, and cholesterol between October 11, 2021 and October 7, 2022—and again each year by the announced deadline. If you do, MCPS will pay 1 percent more of the total cost of your health insurance (medical, prescription, dental, and vision) in 2023—reducing your contribution by 1 percent.* You do not need to meet any medical standards to earn the incentive. Enrolled in a two-party or family medical plan? Only you—the medical-plan subscriber—need to complete a screening to earn the incentive. Maintain the rate reduction by completing a biometric health screening each year within the announced time frame.

Here's how:

  • Sign up for a Well Aware biometric health screening that is associated with your medical insurance plan. You must have a confirmed appointment to participate in this non-fasting screening.
    IMPORTANT: Due to COVID-19, Well Aware is unable to hold onsite biometric health screenings at this time. The schedule at the above link will be updated once we can resume the screenings. See below for other ways to earn this incentive.



  • Complete the Biometrics Incentive Alternative Training for 2023. Due to the pandemic, MCPS retirees may have difficulty completing a biometric health screening or physical by the October 7, 2022, deadline. For that reason, an alternative to the biometric health screening has been implemented: Wellness Initiatives: Biometrics Incentive Alternative 2023 Benefit Year training. To complete the training, visit the ERSC home page and click on Biometrics Incentive Alternative Training under Retirees/Most Requested. Read the instructions to access the course. After reading through the slides, be sure to return to the instructions screen to log in and receive credit. Retirees who complete the training by October 7, 2022, will pay 1 percent less of the total cost of their 2023 health insurance.

Health Risk Assessments

In addition to a biometric health screening, you can save another 1 percent of the total cost of your health insurance by completing your medical insurance plan's online health risk assessment between October 11, 2021 and October 7, 2022—and again each year by the announced deadline.* For two-party and family plans, only the MCPS subscriber needs to complete an assessment to earn the incentive.

Here's how:

*If you are covered by a prescription, dental, and/or vision plan, but do not carry medical insurance through MCPS, you may complete a biometric health screening, but will NOT be eligible for the 1 percent reduction. You will NOT be able to complete a health risk assessment, however, since they are offered only through the medical plans.