SECTION I: WELLNESS GRANT PROGRAM
The Washington Counties Insurance Fund (WCIF) is committed to managing health care costs and maintaining affordable
premiums for member employers, and health promotion is an important part of that commitment.
Support WCIF member employers in the implementation of long-term worksite wellness programs that will benefit employees
and employers through healthy lifestyles, improved morale and productivity, and more prudent use of the health care system.
The WCIF Wellness team will work with the member employers to provide examples of employee wellness programs. The
team will also provide support including recommended training and resources to assist member employers with their wellness efforts.
II. Employer Responsibility
The employer must demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness by designating a wellness coordinator and/or wellness
committee, supporting wellness coordinator and/or wellness committee member training, adopting a wellness mission
statement and creating healthy workplace policies.
If awarded a wellness grant, employers and their eligible members must actively participate in the WCIF wellness
program provided through the Sonic Boom health portal (See section I.a. under Regulations).
In order to be eligible to apply for a wellness grant, the employer must have achieved at least 10% participation in the
wellness program in its prior year unless it is the employer’s first time applying. Exceptions may be made upon approval of the WCIF Wellness Director. Groups exceeding 40%+ participation in its prior year may be awarded additional funds.
III. Wellness Grant Fund Structure
WCIF uses a 5-class structure when awarding wellness grant amounts, as well as the criteria for wellness activities being
proposed. All employees can participate in grant-funded programs and earn prizes, but fund amounts are awarded
only on the number of employees currently enrolled in a WCIF medical plan.
IV. Criteria for a WCIF-Approved Wellness Program
- The member employer must complete a program planning process that includes; creating a Wellness Mission
Statement and program goals, and developing an operating plan and timeline.
- Wellness program activities must be promoted effectively using multiple methods (ex. bulletin boards, emails,
newsletters, interoffice communications, posters, verbal communications, etc.).
- Wellness program must include activity programs designed to promote behavior change and ongoing healthcare education.
- The member employer must evaluate program success through satisfaction surveys and/or tracking program
The WCIF Wellness team is available for consultation and assistance in setting up and evaluating the member employer
Wellness grants may only be used to expand existing targeted risk programs, or support new targeted risk programs.
Examples of targeted risk programs that do qualify include:
– Cholesterol education and screening
– Blood pressure education and checks
– Physical activity programs
– Mental health improvement
– Weight management
– Diabetes prevention and control
– Stress management
Other programs will be considered if the proposed program is designed to reduce health risks.
Funds also may be used for employee classes, training, participation incentives and program materials.