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Health Engagement Model (HEM) Incentive

Health Engagement Model (HEM)
Learn about your health risks and save money too! HEM pays employees an incentive to learn your health risks and take steps to reduce those risks when possible. 
When you take part in HEM: 
  • PEBB pays you a taxable incentive of $17.50 per month, and
  • You keep your medical plan deductible low. 
If you decide not to take part, you will have a higher deductible. You will also miss out on a monthly incentive. 

HEM supports you and your provider 
Participating in HEM helps you learn about your health risks so you can take action to reduce them in partnership with your provider.

New Hires
  • To be eligible for HEM, benefits must be in effect by Oct. 1. 
  • New employees hired after Oct. 1, will not be eligible to participate in HEM until the following Open Enrollment.
    • HEM is an open enrollment benefit, not a new hire benefit. 
    • You will not be penalized and will receive the same lower deductible as a HEM participant. 
  • New employees that are not eligible for HEM: 
    • Are enrolled in the lower deductible plan.
    • Will not receive the $17.50 monthly HEM Incentive.


What are Health Actions?

​Health actions are two actions you, as a HEM participant, choose and do for better health. You agree to doing two health actions when you signed up for the HEM Incentive Program and that you will complete them by the next Open Enrollment. (October 1-31)

What Health Actions do I have to do?

You choose your own health actions. Pick two that meet your personal health goals.

Do I have to *track* my health actions?

No. You don't have to track your health actions.

Do I have to *report* my health actions?

No. You don't have to report your health actions - to PEBB or anyone else. When you enroll during the next Open Enrollment, you will be asked if you completed two health actions as part of HEM participation; you answer yes or no.

Should my spouse or dependents take part in HEM?

As a life style choice? Absolutely! As a requirement of the PEBB Health Engagement Model? No. HEM is only for employees.​

Does PEBB see my Health Assessment results?

No, PEBB may need a copy of your Certificate of Completion, but PEBB does not see, ask for, or store any information you enter into your Health Assessment.​

Examples of healthy actions?

Remember, HEM program has no required health actions. The following are only examples of health actions. Members may choose based on their own health needs!

Get a Life Plan

​ A Life Plan is a wonderful HEM activity as it is important for our family/friends and medical providers to know what medical decisions we want taken if we are unable to communicate this information ourselves.

A good Life Plan includes planning for your assets during your lifetime, planning for medical decisions, planning for your assets after death, and planning for your body after death.  As you create your Life Plan, you'll think about important questions like who you trust most to help you with financial and medical decisions, and you'll identify your most important wishes and priorities."

To find out more, visit the Get a Life Plan page​.

Healthy body

Improving emotional health and managing stress

  • Learn How to Manage Stress to feel better and be healthier.
  • Cascade Centers EAP has online assessments. View a webinar, take an online course, or talk to an EAP counselor about ways to manage stress, learn resiliency skills, etc. These each count as a health action.

Preventing illness

Getting enough physical activity and rest

  • Get Active with these tips on easy ways to get more physical activity in your life.
    • Being active as a family; aduts are role models for their kids.
    • Reducing leisure time spent on screens -- TV, videos/DVDs, computer, smart phones; reduce time kids spend on screens.
    • Adding movement into your work day -- use a sit-stand station, take the stairs, park farther away and walk to your building, walk during beaks or at lunch.

Quitting tobacco

Joining your workplace wellness team
  • Help plan, implement or participate in your agency’s worksite wellness efforts.
Visit for a comprehensive list of PEBB wellness programs. All of which count as healthy activities.

    Go to Kaiser Permanente Health AssessmentHealthy Extras 

    Total Health Assessment
    1-844-334-4944 - M-F, 8-5
    Q&A on Total Health Assessment 

    **Kaiser has no way to print at the end. You will need to take a screenshot to save your Completion Certificate!**

    Printable Instructions

    By participating in HEM, you are agreeing:
    • That you will complete the Health Assessment through your current health carrier's website, and then enroll in HEM during Open Enrollment (October 1-October 31)
    That you understand: 
    • By enrolling in HEM and completing the Health Assessment by the close of Open Enrollment, you will receive a taxable health incentive of $17.50 added to your monthly paycheck (Beginning January 1).
      • If you do not complete the Health Assessment, two healthy actions or enrollment in HEM participation by the end of Open Enrollment (October 31), you will not receive the health incentive, and $100 will be added to your medical coverage deductible, per covered individual (up to a family maximum of $300). 
    • That you must complete two healthy actions, of your choice, by the time you enroll in the following plan year's Open Enrollment. 
    • That the above are standards, and that a reasonable alternative to a standard will be provided if a disability makes it unreasonably difficult for me to achieve a standard, or a medical condition makes it inadvisable for me to attempt to achieve a standard. If this is the case, please contact PEBB or your carrier.