HealthQuest Success Story

HealthQuest is helping employees make positive lifestyle changes for their health and wellness every day!  We want to share this testimonial from one of our Wellness Champions, Melanie, who is an employee at the K-State Research and Extension-Oskaloosa.

“Being selected as a Wellness Champion has given me the opportunity to include others in my workplace with the information and programs. We call ourselves the Cave Dwellers as we are in the basement of the Jefferson County Courthouse and I share the information with them and we try to plan an event every month that correlates with the information. We are committed to improving ourselves as well as our wellness at work.”

If you have experienced success on your own health and wellness journey, HealthQuest invites you to share your story to motivate and inspire other employees.  You can submit your story through a self-report form on the wellness portal at http://www.kansashealthquest.com/.

We accept new Wellness Champions throughout the year. Check out the Wellness Champion Website for more information!

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Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Launches Chat Feature

You and your family now have another way to receive immediate and confidential
assistance for the issues impacting your life with a new Chat feature offered through the EAP website.  Staffed by highly trained master’s and doctoral level clinicians, Chat provides a quick and discreet way for you and the family members in your household to receive referral information and services. Chat is conducted in real-time, and is currently available during normal business hours (8 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Time) in U.S. English. You can also be confident that all your chats are kept private.

Check it out now at www.guidanceresources.com.  When registering as a first-time user, enter Company Web ID: SOKEAP.  Once logged in, access the new Chat feature in the top right corner of the homepage.

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Rewards Program Deadline Extended!

Employees who have not yet qualified for the incentive discount on their 2015 health insurance premium now have more time to earn the reward!  The deadline has been extended to November 15, 2014.  Those who complete the required health assessment questionnaire (worth 10 credits) and earn an additional 20 credits (for a total of 30 credits) by November 15, 2014, will qualify for a $480 premium incentive discount
for plan year 2015.  Full details on the Rewards Program are available at http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/healthquest/rewards.html.

Not sure if you’ve qualified?  Employees can confirm their discount status by logging into their account at http://www.kansashealthquest.com/ and clicking on the “My Printable Credits Summary” link from the left menu.  For questions about your account or credits, please call the HealthQuest Help Desk toll-free at 1-888-275-1205, option 9.

For those who have already qualified, please note that a new HealthQuest program year will begin on November 16, 2014, to begin earning your next discount.

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Fending off Financial Scams

While most merchants are honest people trying to earn an honest living, there are plenty of con artists and swindlers in the world masquerading as legitimate business people. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to tell them apart.

To describe all of the different swindles consumers are subjected to would be a monumental task. Many of these con games have been run for years, although they undergo subtle variations from time to time as con artists keep them modern. New scams seem to spring up every day, as fast buck artists and fly-by-night operators exercise their creativity in devising ways to separate you from your money.

According to the National Fraud Information Center, con artists target certain individuals because they share some common characteristics:

  • Trusting too easily and are not skeptical enough
  • Letting greed overcome sound judgment
  • Believing something is true just because it’s in print or on television
  • Being easily pressured or intimidated

To avoid being fleeced by a consumer scam, ask yourself the following questions before you invest any money in a product, service or investment:

  • Is it reasonable for a company to sell the product I am being promised at the advertised price?
  • What do I know about the person or company making this offer?
  • If this deal is so terrific, why is it being offered to me?

Remember that scam operators rely on their victims’ gullibility and later embarrassment at being fleeced to protect them from the law. If a con artist has victimized you, you will do yourself and your neighbors a favor by reporting the problem to the police or other law enforcement authorities.

Additional Information
This information is brought to you by ComPsych, the provider of your Employee Assistance Program. This company-sponsored benefit offers confidential help and support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, at no cost to you or your immediate family.

GuidanceConsultants can assist you with your concerns at: 1-888-275-1205, option 7
Online: http://www.guidanceresources.com/
Enter your company ID: SOKEAP

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July EAP Webinar Announced

Kids & Computers:
Becoming a Cyber Savvy Parent

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
11:00 am

In a relatively short timeframe, computers have gone from being a space-age dream to an everyday reality for many people at work, home and school. Children are learning how to use computers at younger ages—many are more computer-savvy than their parents! How does a parent support the need for their children to be familiar with computers in today’s society without letting the computer dominate their child’s time?

EAP webinars are presented by ComPsych trainers.  The duration is approximately 45 minutes.  Reserve your spot by registering at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/819563022

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Do You Have a Written Will?

A will is one of the most important documents for you to have. With EstateGuidance, a
voluntary benefit through your Employee Assistance Program, it’s easy to take care of this difficult but important task.

With the EstateGuidance tool you can:

  • Name an executor to manage your estate
  • Choose a guardian for your children
  • Specify your wishes for your property
  • Provide funeral and burial instructions

Create and download your will for just $11.99 through August 2014 (or $14.99 thereafter).  Get peace of mind. Go to www.guidanceresources.com and click on the EstateGuidance link under the Featured Program section. Online support and instructions for executing your will can be found by clicking Learn More.

For details, visit http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/healthquest/download/MakingAWill.pdf.

For other estate planning questions, contact your Employee Assistance Program toll-free at 1-888-275-1205, option 7.

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Rewards Program Deadline Approaching

July 31 is the Deadline to Qualify for a $480 Premium Incentive Discount for 2015!

Completing the health assessment questionnaire (worth 10 credits) and earning an additional 20 credits (for a total of 30 credits) by July 31, 2014, is how employees qualify
for a $480 premium  incentive discount for plan year 2015.  Employees can confirm their discount status by logging into their account at www.KansasHealthQuest.com and clicking on the “My Printable Credits Summary” link from the left menu.  Full details on the Rewards Program are available at
http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/healthquest/rewards.html.

 

At-Home Screening Kits & Paper Health Assessment Forms Need to be Returned by July 1

Employees who requested an at-home screening kit to obtain their biometric values should return their sample in the provided self-addressed, stamped envelope no later than July 1, 2014.  Employees are notified by email once their results have been loaded into their online health assessment questionnaire (allow 15 business days).  They will need to log in to their account to finish the additional questions by the July 31 program deadline to earn credits toward the 2015 premium incentive discount.  Employees who requested a paper health assessment form must complete and return the questionnaire with a postmarked date no later than July 1, 2014, to earn credits toward the 2015 premium incentive discount.

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Babysitter Basics

When it comes to the care of your children, you do not want to take anything for granted. It is important to screen your babysitters before hiring them, and review safety steps before leaving them in charge.

Questions to Ask Potential Babysitters

  • How long have you been babysitting?
  • Where do you live?
  • What do you charge?
  • Have you ever taken a babysitting, first aid or CPR course?

Once you have hired a babysitter, there are still things you should observe:

  • Are they on time?
  • Do they enjoy being with your children and do your children enjoy being with them?
  • Has the sitter obeyed your house rules?

Training the Sitter

  • Discuss with the sitter when and how to:
  • Change diapers/help with potty training
  • Feed and bathe your child
  • Administer children’s medications
  • Put your child to bed

Creating a Fact Sheet
This can help a babysitter in an emergency. It should include:

  1. Your house address and phone number
  2. The location and phone number where you can be reached
  3. Contact information of a nearby relative or neighbor
  4. The name/phone number of your child’s doctor and a nearby hospital
  5. The poison control phone number
  6. Medication names, doses and instructions

Before Leaving
In addition to informing the sitter of your estimated return time, go through these steps:

  • Lock all windows, doors and other entrances/exits
  • Test smoke, carbon monoxide and home security alarms
  • Notify the sitter of child’s recent health or behavioral problems
  • Leave enough food, medications and clean clothes

Additional Information
This information is brought to you by ComPsych®. This company-sponsored benefit offers confidential help and support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, at no cost to you or your immediate family.

GuidanceConsultants can assist you with your concerns at: 1-888-275-1205, option 7
Online: http://www.guidanceresources.com/
Enter your company ID: SOKEAP

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June EAP Webinar Announced

Balancing Work & Life
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

11:30 am

Using the philosophy that “those who are happy at home perform better on the job,” this workshop was developed for those who feel burdened with too many responsibilities and without enough time for personal enjoyment. This workshop will help participants explore and define home responsibilities, identify career requirements and prioritize leisure time. The resulting better balance will help achieve more in one’s career and at home.

EAP webinars are presented by ComPsych trainers.  The duration is approximately 45 minutes.  Reserve your spot by registering at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/594294582

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Important Rewards Program Reminders for Employees

At-Home Screening Kits Should Be Ordered By June 24

Employees who do not have access to, or missed, the onsite health screening event(s) in their area, may request an at-home screening kit to obtain their lab values needed to complete the health assessment questionnaire.  The at-home kit cannot measure blood pressure, height, weight or waist circumference.  Since those values will be requested during completion of the health assessment questionnaire, employees will need to find other ways to obtain those values (for example, using blood pressure machines commonly found at Walgreens and other stores).  Employees may order one kit per program year and should not order an at-home kit if they have participated in an onsite screening event since August 1 or used physician’s results to complete their health assessment questionnaire.  To order an at-home screening kit, employees can log into their HealthQuest account at www.KansasHealthQuest.com and click on “Health Screenings” from the left menu and then select “At-Home Screening Kits.”   Kits should be ordered no later than June 24, 2014, and will arrive by mail in about a week.  Lab results are automatically loaded into their online health assessment questionnaire within 15 business days of returning their sample.  Employees are notified by email when their
results are ready and will need to log in to their account and complete the additional questions to finish the health assessment questionnaire.

Paper Form of Health Assessment Questionnaire Available

Because the health assessment questionnaire is a requirement to qualify for the premium
incentive discount for 2015, paper forms are available for employees who lack internet access.  Employees can request that a paper form be mailed to them by calling the HealthQuest Help Desk toll-free at 1-888-275-1205, option 9.  Paper forms should be requested no later than June 24, 2014, and the completed forms must be returned with a postmarked date no later than July 1, 2014, to earn credits toward the 2015 premium incentive discount.  We strongly encourage employees to refer to a friend or family member with a computer or the local library for internet access.
Going online is the fastest and easiest way to complete the health assessment questionnaire and have the 10 credits awarded automatically to their account.  The paper form should really be utilized as a last resort.

Reminder for Participants in Healthy Living Programs

Employees currently participating (or planning to enroll) in any of the 13 online Healthy
Living Programs will need to stay actively engaged to ensure they complete their 6-week program and a required survey by July 31, 2014, in order to earn credits toward the 2015 premium incentive discount.  These programs are accessible on the wellness portal and employees may participate in only one of these programs at a time.  Each program is worth 5 credits; a maximum of 15 credits can be earned for healthy living programs.  Credits will be awarded on the portal automatically upon completion of a survey at the end of a program.

For full details on the HealthQuest Rewards Program, visit http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/healthquest/rewards.html.

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