Health & Wellness

Health & Wellness2018-11-08T16:13:40+00:00

The health and well-being of our employees is very important. West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) provides special wellness and health-related services to employees. Examples include: free health screenings, special seminars and presentations, organized health-related activities, health contact information, wellness promotion events, and healthy lifestyle information.

In addition, wellness and health-related programs are offered by the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA).

Under the Face-to-Face Diabetes Program for PEIA PPB Plan members who have diabetes, eligible members and their dependents sign an agreement stating they will make regular visits to a participating provider of their choosing for counseling services regarding diabetes. These counseling sessions help participants get the best diabetes care available as the provider works with them to ensure they:

  • are current on all recommended testing and treatment
  • know how to properly take prescribed medicines
  • have a physical activity and nutrition plan that will assist in achieving optimal health

Members benefit through improved health and quality of life. PEIA benefits by paying fewer costs related to diabetes by assisting members in better managing the disease. Members enrolled in the program also benefit from waived co-payments for some diabetes-related prescription drugs and supplies. Participants are responsible for their deductibles and 75% co-insurance of any non-preferred medications.

For more information visit: https://peia.wv.gov/wellness_tools/Pages/Face-to-Face-Diabetes-Management-Program.aspx

PEIA offers PEIA PPB members a weight management program which uses the services of registered dietitians and exercise professionals.

To qualify you must have PEIA Preferred Provider Benefit Insurance; be 18 years of age or older; have either a body mass index of 30 or greater, or a waist circumference of 35 inches or more for a woman or 40 inches or more for a man; have approval from your physician or nurse practitioner; and be ready to make permanent lifestyle changes.

Members are not eligible if they have undergone any bariatric surgery within the last 10 years, have exhausted the lifetime benefit, do not have approval from their physician or nurse practitioner, are under the age of 18, or if there is not yet a participating facility in the area or no facility is accepting new clients.

There is no coinsurance or deductible, only $20 per month copayment per participant with PPB Plan A, B, or D coverage. Plan C members must cover the cost of all professional appointments until their deductible is met.

Participants receive:

  • Individualized services from a registered dietician and exercise professionals;
  • Baseline assessments with monthly follow-ups;
  • Personal training;
  • Monthly staff check-ins; and
  • Access to a participating fitness facility.

For more information visit: https://peia.wv.gov/wellness_tools/Pages/Weight-Management-Program.aspx

PEIA PPB Plans A, B & D provide benefits for participants who wish to quit smoking or using smokeless tobacco products.  These include not only cigarettes and cigars. but also smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaping.

To access the benefits, simply visit your primary care provider. PEIA will cover an initial and follow-up visit to your physician or nurse practitioner. Tobacco-cessation products, both prescription and non-prescription are available at no cost when prescribed by a physician and purchased at a network pharmacy.  Both the deductible and the copayment are waived.

PEIA will cover two 12-week cycles of drug therapy, even if more than one type of therapy is used. If extended therapy is required, the provider must submit a written appeal to the Director of PEIA with proof of medical necessity.

You can use the benefit (office visits and prescriptions) twice per year (rolling 12 month period). For pregnant participants, PEIA will provide 100% coverage for the tobacco cessation benefit during any pregnancy.

For more information visit: https://peia.wv.gov/wellness_tools/Pages/Tobacco-Cessation-Program.aspx

To provide quality care at a reasonable cost, PEIA has partnered with the Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) and West Virginia University Hospitals (WVUH) to provide a Hemophilia Care Program to PEIA PPB Plan members. Members who participate in the program will be eligible for the following benefits:

  • An annual evaluation by specialists in the Hemophilia Disease Management Program which will be paid at 100% with no deductible, copay or coinsurance. (This evaluation is not intended to replace or interrupt care provided by your existing medical home provider or specialists.)
  • Hemophilia expenses, including factor replacement products, incurred at CAMC or WVUH will be paid at 100% with no deductible, copay or coinsurance.
  • Reimbursement for travel and lodging
    • Child and 1 or 2 parents
    • Adult and an accompanying adult
    • Lodging will be at an approved travel lodge for a maximum of two (2) nights for one room only.
    • Gas will be reimbursed at the federal rate for one vehicle only.
    • Receipts for food will be paid at 100% for the child and parents or for the 2 adults.

For more information visit: https://peia.wv.gov/wellness_tools/Pages/Hemophilia-Program.aspx

By clicking theHealthcare Bluebook, you will be taken to The My Health website, courtesy of HealthSmart.  It is your gateway to accessing all the tools to manage your health in a single website. You can also stay connected through our smartphone App that’s designed to help you use and manage your healthcare coverage anywhere. It’s an easy way to organize and access your health information wherever you are.   If you have not been to the website previously, you will need to log in by creating a username and password.

YMCA of Kanawha Valley Corporate Cup

Corporate Cup offers Kanawha Valley companies and organizations the opportunity to join together as an official team. It is one of the summer’s most enjoyable events, filled with camaraderie and competition.

Over a three-week period, competitors participate in various team sports and individual challenges, bringing out best efforts and spirited encounters. Corporate Cup gives everyone a chance to compete and strive for bragging rights. But most importantly, it’s a great social experience that promotes health and wellness.

The WVDE has partnered with Personal Best Online to deliver up-to-date wellness information to Department staff.

Personal Best is a wellness solutions company committed to providing engaging tools that motivate and empower individuals to make sustainable lifestyle choices. Personal Best is an award-winning publisher of one of the most extensive collections of corporate wellness communication tools covering health and wellness, safety, productivity, shift work and personal money management.

Employees may find themselves needing assistance with personal problems that can affect both their family and work lives. Confidential referrals to independent, off-site professionals can be made for treatment or assistance with issues such as relationship or family conflicts, financial issues, and alcohol/drug abuse.

An Employee Referral Program Booklet is published as a service to State employees to provide information on available services.

For more information visit: Employee Referral Program Booklet.