Healthy Activities

Healthy Hound offers four Healthy Activities that focus on better managing a chronic condition, losing weight, quitting tobacco, and adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Note! Greyhound/ATU has decided that the Your Health First program is no longer a required activity for members contacted by Cigna.

Who’s eligible?

ATU members and their spouses enrolled in the ATU Preferred Plan or Value Medical Plan must each complete one of the Healthy Activities described on this website by September 30, 2017. Participation in all Healthy Activities is completely confidential, voluntary, and there is no cost to you. The Trustees, the Union, and the Company will not have any knowledge of any information related to your health condition or discussions you may have with any health advisors in the Healthy Hound program.

What are the rules of the Healthy Hound program? 

If you and your enrolled spouse do not each complete a Healthy Activity by September 30, 2017, an annual surcharge of $300 per individual will be applied to your medical plan premiums, beginning  with the first paycheck in January 2018. The surcharge will be spread out over every paycheck, but will add up to $300 per individual for the year.

This Healthy Activity is designed to help members and/or spouses with a chronic condition that could be improved through the program:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Lower back pain
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • A mental health disorder
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Peripheral arterial disease

What you need to do

  • If Cigna calls you, you can participate in the program to avoid the $300 per individual surcharge in 2018. Please note: Greyhound/ATU has decided that Your Health First is no longer a requirement to avoid the surcharge for those individuals identified and contacted by telephone by Cigna. However, you still need to participate in one of the available Healthy Hound activities to avoid the surcharge.  
  • Make progress toward a goal that you and your health coach set, and complete the number of phone calls recommended by your Health Advocate by September 30, 2017.
  • Phone calls run about 20 minutes, once a month, or as determined by you and your Health Advocate, depending on your situation and needs.
  • Questions? Call Cigna at 1-855-246-1873 for more information.

Get credit for this Healthy Activity if you schedule and complete a wellness exam or preventive care test:

  • An annual routine physical exam
  • A well-woman exam
  • A preventive care test (mammogram, pap test, PSA test)
  • A colonoscopy for participants age 50 and older.

Note! A biometric screening can be part of an annual routine physical, but alone does not meet the full requirements of this Healthy Activity.

What you need to do

  • Call your provider to schedule your appointment.
  • If you use a Cigna PPO provider, or an out-of-network provider who files claims with Cigna, no paperwork is necessary.
  • ATU members may also use a non-participating provider for this Healthy Activity, such as the VA or a mobile health screening service. If you do, you will need to:
    • Bring a PB-1 form with you and have your provider complete it.
    • Then, submit the form to the Trust Office to verify you obtained a wellness exam or test so you can get credit through the Healthy Hound Program.

Note! Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals do not count toward meeting this Healthy Activity.

 

ATU Members can get a day off if they receive a preventive care and biometric screening

  • ATU Members with at least one year of service are eligible (even if you are not enrolled in the medical plan) to take one sick day per year (with no waiting period) to get both a wellness exam and biometric screening.
  • If you obtain an annual physical and biometric screening in 2017 and provide a PB-1 form signed by your medical provider to the Company during the year, you may have your sick-leave waiting period reduced by one day in 2018. Details are in your ATU Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Have your medical provider complete a PB-1 form during your wellness exam and biometric screening, then submit it to the Trust Office.

Note! This provision applies to ATU members only, but not spouses.

Measure your overall health and well-being with a Health Assessment. It’s a confidential, online health questionnaire that asks you about safety habits, stress, and family medical history.

This Healthy Activity has two parts:

  • Getting a biometric screening from your provider, and
  • Taking the online Health Assessment at www.myCigna.com.

About the Biometric Screening

  • The biometric screening measures blood pressure, height, weight, body mass index (BMI) and cholesterol (HDL and LDL and total cholesterol), pulse, and fasting blood sugar.
  • You must schedule and complete a biometric screening in order to get the numbers you need to complete your online Health Assessment.
  • Your biometric screening must be completed between October 1, 2016 and September 30, 2017.
  • If you schedule and obtain a biometric screening directly through Quest Diagnostics, your provider does not need to complete a wellness screening form. However, if you visit a provider other than Quest for your biometric screening, bring a Cigna Wellness Screening form with you to your doctor’s appointment so your provider can record your biometric screening results and send the completed form to Cigna.
  • Any provider—PPO or non-PPO—can use the Cigna Wellness Screening form.

To get your biometric screening you can:

  • Schedule and obtain the screening directly with a Quest Diagnostic Patient Service Center, or
  • Visit your health care provider.

To schedule an appointment online to get your biometric screening at a Quest Diagnostic Patient Center, visit https://WE.blueprintforwellness.com and click "Register Now." Enter GreyhoundPSC2016 for the "Registration Key" and create an account to schedule your appointment.

To schedule your appointment at a Quest Diagnostic Patient Service Center by phone, call 1-877-304-7055 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. CST and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST. 

Note! If your lab work is done through Quest Diagnostics or LabCorp, Cigna will add your screening results to your online Health Assessment for you.

About the online Health Assessment

  • Once you’ve completed your biometric screening and your results are available, log in at myCigna.com and click on “Take My Health Assessment.”
  • You’ll generally need about 15 minutes to complete your assessment.

When you complete your assessment, you’ll have a personalized health report to help you focus on what you can do to improve or maintain your health.

This Healthy Activity is designed to help you with weight loss goals. It features personalized telephone coaching sessions that are run by a company called Ultimate Health Matters. The program breaks down healthy living into easy, manageable steps and teaches you how to realistically adopt and maintain healthier lifestyle habits.

What you need to do

  • To enroll in Real Weigh, call them at 866-630-6733 or email Lisa.Choate@UltimateHealthMatters.com.
  • Complete 12 weekly classes in the Real Weigh program by September 30, 2017.
  • Weekly telephone sessions with your coach are scheduled based on your requested date and time.

This Healthy Activity is designed to provide coaching and support tools to help you quit tobacco.

It is run by Quit for Life®, developed with the American Cancer Society®.

What you need to do

  • To enroll in Quit for Life, call 1-866-Quit-4-Life (1-866-784-8454) or TTY: 1-877-777-6534.
  • Or, enroll online at QuitNow.net.
  • Participate in at least four coaching calls by September 30, 2017. Coaching calls are available 24/7 to suit your schedule.

 About this Healthy Activity

Quit for Life includes:

  • Personalized, one-on-one coaching support
  • Five outbound coaching calls with a Quit Coach
  • Unlimited access to Quit Coaches through the toll-free number 1-866-QUIT-4-LIFE (1-866-784-8454)
  • Recommendations on type, dose and duration of nicotine replacement therapy
  • Replacement or prescription medication if appropriate
  • Free 8-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy (patch or gum) if appropriate, mailed directly to your home.