Will Employees Become Fitter and Share Wearable Device Data for $1,000 a Year?
Employers and health plans have long encouraged and incentivized employees to pay more attention to their health and well-being. It hasn’t always worked.
Now a new UnitedHealthcare Rewards program is taking a more direct approach. It will pay eligible plan members, including spouses, up to $1,000 a year for achieving various daily health goals and one-time activities when documented through wearable devices.
Available initially to those in UnitedHealthcare’s fully insured plans, the program will be rolled out to self-insured plans in 2024. Participants can place rewards into a health care savings account or receive the money on a prepaid debit card.
To be eligible for the rewards, which can be capped at $300 per year in some plans, members who enroll in the program will be asked to complete the following daily or one-time activities. Additional qualifying activities will be added throughout the year.
- Achieve 5,000 or more steps per day.
- Complete 15 minutes or more of daily activity.
- Track sleep for 14 nights.
- Get a biometric screening.
- Complete a health survey.
- Select paperless billing.