The Non-Tobacco Use Incentive is offered again in 2017

posted by Jeff Mullins on October 13, 2016 Quit Smoking

The Non-Tobacco Use Incentive is offered again for the 2017 plan year. Receive a $35 reduction in your group health insurance bi-weekly premium by accepting the agreement during Open Enrollment. By accepting the incentive, you agree to not use any form of tobacco products in 2017. This applies to employees who have never used tobacco products, who have refrained from using tobacco products in past years and to those who have decided to quit using tobacco products prior to January 1, 2017.

Keep in mind, by accepting the agreement you agree to be subject to testing for nicotine at any time during the year. The Non-Tobacco Use Agreement must be completed each year online.

The Non-Tobacco Use Incentive is only available to employees who have enrolled in medical coverage. You do not have access to the agreement if you waive medical coverage for plan year 2017. The reduction in your group health insurance bi-weekly premium only applies to your employee medical premium, and does not apply to dental, vision or life insurance premiums.

If you accept the Non-Tobacco Use Agreement during Open Enrollment and later use tobacco, your employment is terminated. The only exception to the job loss penalty is if you revoke the agreement by logging in to PeopleSoft and completing the self-service process to change your agreement prior to the use of any tobacco product. If you need to revoke your agreement and are not sure how to complete the process in PeopleSoft, call the Benefits Hotline and a specialist can walk you through it. If you revoke the agreement, you are responsible for paying the value of the incentive you have received for the year. The $910 is a great incentive, but it certainly isn’t worth losing your job.

The Non-Tobacco Use Incentive does not carry over from year to year. If you want to participate in 2017, you must access your PeopleSoft record and accept the agreement.

Notice: If your physician determines abstaining from the use of tobacco is not medically appropriate, a reasonable alternative standard is made available for the incentive.

9 thoughts on “The Non-Tobacco Use Incentive is offered again in 2017”

  1. ed clements says:

    I am in the process of enrolling. where in the process is the non-tobacco use agreements?

    Thanks, ed

    1. Peter says:

      Once you Submit, the next screen has the non-tobacco agreement.

      1. Josh Marsh says:

        Peter, that is correct, thank you for helping Ed out.

  2. Lynda Lemons says:

    Enrollment instructions stated to complete the non-tobacco use agreement. Where is it?

    1. Jeff Mullins says:

      Once you Submit your selections, the next screen has the non-tobacco use agreement. Also, you can contact the Benefits Hotline toll-free at 1-877-248-0007 outside of Indianapolis or 317-232-1167 within the Indianapolis area for assistance. Benefit specialists are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Eastern Standard Time.

  3. Cheryl says:

    What if the employee does not smoke and the spouse does?

    1. Josh Marsh says:

      Cheryl,
      The non-smoking incentive only applies to the SOI employee. As long as you the (SOI employee) refrain from using tobacco you are fine to agree to the incentive.

      If you have any further questions, please to feel free to contact the Benefits Hotline at 1-877-248-0007 outside of Indianapolis or 317-232-1167 within the Indianapolis area. Benefit specialists are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

      -Josh
      Invest In Your Health Team

  4. Nick says:

    I’ve always wondered, does this come down to actual tobacco or simply nicotine? I don’t intentionally consume either substance, but I always wonder if the cotinine test can distinguish between tobacco usage and nicotine exposure. Or does it matter? Is vaping prohibited? Is nicotine itself considered a tobacco “product?” If so, this should be called a “non-nicotine use” agreement instead.

    1. Josh Marsh says:

      Nick,
      Please contact the Benefits Hotline, they can help answer these questions and point you in the correct direction. They can be reached at 1-877-248-0007 outside of Indianapolis or 317-232-1167 within the Indianapolis area. Benefit specialists are available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

      -Josh
      Invest In Your Health Team

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