GEHA joins effort to encourage U.S. COVID-19 vaccinations
GEHA | June 29, 2021
LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Today GEHA (pronounced G. E. H. A.) announced it will launch a COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program for GEHA medical plan members starting July 1, 2021. The goal of the program is to encourage eligible members within the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
“As the second largest medical benefit provider of Federal employees, GEHA is committed to helping safeguard the health and safety of the U.S. Federal workforce, and combatting COVID-19 has been at the top of the priority list for more than a year,” said Interim President and CEO of GEHA Rich Bierman. “Federal workers are the backbone of our nation's infrastructure, and our vaccination incentive program is designed to support them and their families during this critical time.”
Eligible members are GEHA medical plan members who are 18 years of age and older, enrolled in a GEHA wellness program and have not reached their annual wellness program reward limit*. When eligible members provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination, they will receive a $75 credit to their GEHA wellness account.
Program participants can use the Vaccination Incentive Program $75 credit on qualified medical expenses such as office visits, co-pays, prescription drugs, eyeglasses, contacts and X-rays.
Eligible members will be able to sign up for GEHA’s COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive Program and submit proof of vaccination beginning Thursday, July 1, 2021. To be eligible to receive the incentive, the first COVID-19 vaccination must occur on or before July 31, 2021. Program participants will then have until Dec. 31, 2021 to show proof of complete vaccination. The program is retroactive to 2020 so all eligible GEHA members who received a COVID-19 vaccine prior to July 1, 2021 may also provide proof of their vaccine status to receive a $75 credit to their GEHA wellness account.
Additional information regarding eligibility, self-attestation and links to sign up for the program will be available at geha.com/COVID-19 on July 1, 2021.
*The Vaccine Incentive Program credit will be the lesser of $75 or the amount remaining to meet the eligible member’s annual wellness program reward limit. HDHP members with a Health Savings Account can use their rewards on qualified dental and vision care expenses until they meet their deductible. Then, all eligible medical and pharmacy expenses qualify, too.
GEHA (Government Employees Health Association, Inc., pronounced G.E.H.A.), founded in 1937, is a non-profit member association and the largest dental and second largest medical benefit provider of federal employees exclusively serving 2 million current employees and retirees, military retirees, and their families. GEHA’s mission, to empower members to be healthy and well, is demonstrated through its focus on innovation as well as providing members with access to one of the largest medical provider networks nationwide.
Headquartered in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, GEHA is one of the largest employers in the Kansas City metro area. For more information, visit geha.com.