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  • Notice Regarding Employee Wellness Program

    Pima County’s Employee Wellness Program is voluntary and available to all employees. 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 may be asked to complete various activities including:
    • Verify if you have been tobacco free for at least the past three months.
    • Complete a voluntary Health Assessment that ask a series of questions regarding health-related activities and behaviors and if you have or had certain medical conditions (e.g., cancer, diabetes, or heart disease).
    • Complete a preventive exam or screening of your choice (e.g. annual physical exam, biometric screenings, mammography screening, or prostate exam).
    • Complete various health and wellness activities and programs of your choice to earn at least 100 Healthy Lifestyle Activity Points (HLAPs).
    Although you are not required to complete any of the above activities, only employees who are active on the County’s insurance plan and complete one or more of these activities will be eligible to receive Healthy Lifestyle Premium Discounts (HLPDs).

    Additional incentives of various types and amounts may be available for employees who participate in certain health-related activities, such as health and wellness challenges, or achieve certain health outcomes (including but not limited to maintaining or losing excess weight, increasing activity, and maintaining or working toward a healthy Body Mass Index [BMI]).
    HLPDs are able to be achieved once per reporting year (March 1st – February 28th) and are awarded the following fiscal year (July 1st to June 30th). Additional incentives may be raffle-based and not guaranteed.

    The wellness program incentives have been reviewed and in accordance with law, do not exceed 50% of the total cost of employee-only coverage under the plan (including employee & employer contributions).

    Employee wellness offers a variety of reasonable alternatives for participants who are unable to complete the wellness activities listed above for eligibility toward the HLPDs. If you need additional accommodations, please contact Employee Wellness.
     

    Protections from Disclosure of Medical Information


    We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your personally identifiable health information. Although the wellness program and Pima County may use aggregate information it collects to design a program based on identified health risks in the workplace, the Pima County Employee Wellness Program will never disclose any of your personal information either publicly or to the employer, except as necessary to respond to a request from you for a reasonable accommodation needed to participate in the wellness program, or as expressly permitted by law. Medical information that personally identifies you that is provided in connection with the wellness program will not be provided to your supervisors or managers and may never be used to make decisions regarding your employment.

    Your health information will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or otherwise disclosed except to the extent permitted by law to carry out specific activities related to the wellness program, and you will not be asked or required to waive the confidentiality of your health information as a condition of participating in the wellness program or receiving an incentive. Anyone who receives your information for purposes of providing you services as part of the wellness program will abide by the same confidentiality requirements.

    In addition, all medical information obtained through the wellness program will be maintained separate from your personnel records, information stored electronically will be encrypted, and no information you provide as part of the wellness program will be used in making any employment decision. Appropriate precautions will be taken to avoid any data breach, and in the event a data breach occurs involving information you provide in connection with the wellness program, we will notify you immediately.

    You may not be discriminated against in employment because of the medical information you provide as part of participating in the wellness program, nor may you be subjected to retaliation if you choose not to participate.
    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice, or about protections against discrimination and retaliation, please contact Employee Wellness.
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