Wellness Benefits and Opportunities

Welcome to Missouri State University Wellness Incentive Program

It is again time for the annual Wellness  Incentive Program that determines what you will be charged for health insurance premiums for 2014.  The University supports the culture of employee wellness based upon healthy lifestyle choices and offers all employees the opportunity to take advantage of the annual wellness initiatives offered through Taylor Health and Wellness Center and Campus Recreation.  Our objective for the wellness program is to not only improve health but also reduce health related costs.   As in the past, full-time employees electing to be covered under the University's medical insurance plan will continue to contribute a portion of the cost for their individual coverage.  (The amount of the contribution is established annually.) Even though rising health care costs are an issue, we are pleased to report that there is no change in your premium contribution of $30 per month.  Also, as in previous years, MSU is offering an opportunity through participation in wellness activities to offset the $30 per month.

Employee Wellness Incentive Program

Employees hired on or before September 1, 2013 who participate in the University's Wellness Incentive Program can save up to $30 per month or $360 for the calendar year.  This year the incentives are:

  1. Biometric Measurements* and Health Risk Assessment-$20/per month
    *(Blood Screenings)  Cholesterol panel Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL, Triglycerides
    • Blood sugar level
    • Body Mass Index (BMI)
    • Blood Pressure
    • Heart Rate
    Employees must provide biometric measurements in order to complete the Health Risk Assessment and the “tobacco use” questions.
  2. Tobacco Use -$10/per month
    • Non-smoker or smoker who begins cessation program

For your convenience, all elements of this $30 savings can be found in one tool (HRA).  MSU has contracted directly with Wellsource, a national wellness company that has successfully operated Health Risk Assessments (HRA) for 30 years. The HRA tool will contain your biometric measurements and also the questions pertaining to tobacco use.  Therefore, Biometric measurements must be obtained before taking the HRA assessment.  Without the biometrics, it is not possible to participate in the HRA.  Participation in the HRA with your biometric measurements will result in a savings of $20/month on health insurance premiums for 2014.  If you choose not to participate in the biometrics you will not be able to complete the HRA and will not be able to save the full $30 per month.

Since the tobacco use questions are found in the HRA, you no longer need to complete a hard copy “Tobacco Use Statement” but will simply need to respond to the question(s) in the HRA.  As before, your response to tobacco usage question(s) will determine whether you incur a $10/month health insurance premium for 2014. Taylor Health offers a tobacco cessation program at no cost.  Tobacco users who begin a tobacco cessation program by December 1, 2013 and non-tobacco users who complete the HRA will not incur the $10/month health insurance premium in 2014.  Thus, the only way to take advantage of the $10 per month tobacco use incentive is to complete the HRA including your biometrics. Those that choose not to participate in both wellness initiatives will incur a $30/month health insurance premium in 2014.

Biometric Screenings and HRA Dates - Please read below:

Taylor Health and Wellness will be providing biometric screenings on the Springfield campus between Monday, September 16th and Friday, September 27th at no cost to the employee.  You can schedule your Biometrics screening online for Taylor Health and Wellness or for the West Plains campus through My Learning Connection.  Search under the Health and Wellness - Condition Management  category to locate registrations.  Please refer to the complete schedule for dates and times.

Biometric screenings will be conducted at the Mountain Grove campus on Tuesday, October 1st, and on the West Plains campus Wednesday, October 2nd .    

If you have had a cholesterol panel and blood sugar screening within the calendar year of 2013, you have the option of using those results.  . 

Please refer to the resources below for the three (3) possible ways that you can complete your biometrics  for the HRA and Wellness Incentive Program:

  • New Set Of Biometrics - Obtain a new set of biometrics at no cost from Taylor Health during the free biometric screenings being offered during September 16th and September 27th.  Please register online through My Learning Connection and complete the Taylor Health and Wellness Center Release Form  - Fast for 12 hours prior to having your labs draw and drink plenty of water!  


  • Fill out and turn in a Release form allowing Taylor Health to pull your information from a visit at Taylor Health dated anytime from November 1, 2012 to present.


  • Provide a Current Set of Biometrics - If you have had biometric measurements since November 2012, you have the option of using those results.  You may obtain a signed copy of your biometrics from your personal physician, as long as the test is dated on or after November 1, 2012. Please complete the Taylor Health and Wellness Center Release Form.


  • Physician Statement in Lieu of Biometric Screening  - Obtain a signed statement from your personal physician on their letterhead, stating that you have been seen by them sometime since November 1, 2012.  This does not need to include any health information.

New or previous biometric measurements and/or the physician statement must be completed and received by Taylor Health by 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in order to have access to the HRA tool.  The results of your biometrics, if you provided them, will be available in your HRA report upon completion of the HRA tool.  Employees who submit this form will be eligible for the incentives, be exempt on the biometric portion of the wellness incentive, and be eligible for the $20 per month waiver on their health insurance premiums for 2013. 

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Dates to Remember

  • New/previous biometric measurements or Physician Statement must be completed and received by Taylor Health by 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 10, 2013 to be used in the HRA tool.
  • Fill out and turn in a Release form allowing Taylor Health to pull your information from a visit at Taylor Health dated anytime from November 1, 2012 to present.
  • The Biometric measurements and HRA are for all medical plan eligible participants hired on or before September 1, 2013.  Employee dependents are not eligible for this wellness incentive at this time.  Premium deductions for 2014 will begin in December 2013.
  • The HRA tool is now  open for participation. Those who chose to complete their Biometrics or provide a physician’s statement will receive an e-mail notification that provides additional instructions for completing the online Health Risk Assessment (HRA), which also contains the tobacco related questions. You will receive several reminders that you’re eligible to participate in this year’s HRA when the tool opens.

Please contact HRWellnessIncentive@missouristate.edu  if you have questions or need assistance in completing your HRA.  Thank you for participating in this year’s Wellness Incentive Program!

Additional Wellness Benefits and Opportunities

As mentioned above, the University supports the culture of employee wellness through the Wellness Programming offered through Taylor Health and Wellness Center and Campus Recreation. Additionally, the University provides an Annual Preventive Care Benefit for employees with a maximum of $400 per person per calendar year where they can be eligible for costs associated with their annual physical examination (e.g., pap smear, PSA test, mammogram, urinalysis, blood test, office visit). 

Please refer to the Fringe Benefit Summary for detailed information (Staff / Faculty).  Participation in the Wellness Programs includes both fee based and non-fee based opportunities with the majority of the programming authorized for use with the non-credit fee waiver benefit by full time faculty and staff.  The University's Wellness Program includes:

  • Periodic health and wellness screenings (lipid profiles, fitness assessments, blood pressure checks, nutrition analysis, etc.).
  • Non-credit fitness and wellness classes (CPR/First Aid, yoga, tai chi, aerobics, water aerobics, meditation, financial peace and more).
  • Smoking Cessation Programs.
  • Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP).
  • Journey for Diabetic Control.
  • Well Coaching via group and one-on-one meetings.
  • Weight Management Program - Weight Watchers at Work.
  • Educational programs and presentations (Women’s and Men’s health forums and lunch-and-learn opportunities).
  • Resource materials (pamphlets, handouts, CD’s, DVD’s, websites, etc.).
  • Immunizations and travel medicine assistance.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding the above wellness programs, please contact the following areas:

President Smart and Vice President McClure completing forms

President Smart having blood drawn

Vice President Ken McClure having blood drawn

Provost Einhellig having blood drawn

Vice President Doman displays his certificate