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Expecting? One of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby is to enroll in Future Moms. This prenatal program is available at no cost to you, your spouse or your eligible dependents covered in a state health benefits plan. Future Moms is designed to help women have healthy pregnancies and to reduce the chances of premature birth. Enroll within the first three months of pregnancy to get the most out of the program. Just call 1-800-828-5891, and look what you’ll receive.
- Unlimited access to a registered nurse with expertise in prenatal and postnatal care. Call any time, day or night.
- A prenatal package with pregnancy and childcare information.
- Postpartum support and guidance in areas like breastfeeding and depression.
Quit for Life
CommonHealth’s Quit for Life program is provided at no cost to employees, spouses and dependents over age 18 who are eligible to participate in the state health benefits program. Once you call 1-866-784-8454 to enroll, you will be assigned a Quit Coach who will work with you to create a personal quitting plan, which may include nicotine replacement patches, gum or covered smoking cessation drugs. Your Quit Coach can help you decide if one of these products will work for you.
Once you decide you want to quit, call the Quit For Life toll-free number at 1-866-784-8454!
The Commonwealth of Virginia is offering Weight Watchers at special pricing to state employees, spouses and adult dependents. Weight Watchers is a pilot program for eligible participants through Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the medical plan administrator for the state health benefits program. Visit Weight Watchers on the CommonHealth website for information on the four program options, special offerings and how to join. Employees eligible for the health benefits program may also be reimbursed for half the cost of services, once they have completed program requirements.
UPDATE: January 22, 2009
Weight Watchers Partnership Continues in 2009
The Commonwealth's partnership with Weight Watchers has been a great success, and will continue in 2009. State employees who are eligible for health benefits may still be reimbursed for 50 percent of the cost of Weight Watchers services. The program had more than 5,600 participants at the end of last year.
As a reminder, only active state employees, their spouses and family members may participate and receive the Commonwealth’s Weight Watchers pricing. Retirees may not participate unless they are the spouse of an active state employee. Only active state employees eligible for health benefits may be reimbursed provided they meet the minimum participation requirements.
In an attempt to clarify the program participation options of online, at home, at work and local community meetings, the Weight Watchers reimbursement form has been revised to be more user-friendly for participants. You may find the new form on the Weight Watchers page at http://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/genlbenefits/weightwatchers/DHRM_WeightWatchersReimbursementForm.pdf.
Also note that the right sidebar on the page now includes a link called "Weight Watchers Proof of Payment" which describes the documentation needed to send in with the form depending on the participation option selected.