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The Non-Tobacco Use Incentive is being offered again for the 2016 plan year. You can receive a $35 reduction in your group health insurance bi-weekly premium by accepting the agreement during Open Enrollment. By accepting the incentive, you are agreeing to not use any form of tobacco products in 2016. This applies to employees who have never used tobacco products, employees who have refrained from using tobacco products in past years and to those employees who have decided to quit using tobacco products prior to Jan. 1, 2016. Keep in mind, by accepting the agreement you are agreeing 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 will not have access to the agreement if you waive medical coverage for plan year 2016. The reduction in your group health insurance bi-weekly premium only applies to your employee medical premium, and does not apply to your dental, vision or life insurance premiums.
If you accept the Non-Tobacco Use Agreement during Open Enrollment and later use tobacco, your employment will be 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 will walk you through it. If you revoke the agreement you will be 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 would like to participate in 2016 you must access your PeopleSoft record and accept the agreement.