UnitedHealthcare's gym reimbursement program, Gym Check-In, has expanded to include more than 124,000 facilities across the United States, potentially saving consumers hundreds of dollars a year on their gym fees.
Gym Check-In enables participating employers to provide employees and their spouses the opportunity to each earn typically between $20 and $50 every month for visiting a fitness facility 12 days or more per month.
Gym Check-In is available as a standalone offering to large self-funded employers nationwide, and to small and mid-size employers as part of UnitedHealthcare's SimplyEngaged, a wellness program that offers incentives for completing health and wellness activities, and is available to employers in most states.
Qualifying for the financial incentive is designed to be simple: Eligible plan participants use their smartphones to access Gym Check-In on the Rally® mobile app, offered by UnitedHealthcare, to track their visits to nearby, approved gyms – from large, traditional gyms to smaller, specialty gyms. Monthly reimbursements are automatically deposited into the employee's bank account or distributed in the form of merchant gift cards or reductions in their health-plan premiums, as applicable.
"People are looking to save money and are interested in more choices when it comes to their health, so we created Gym Check-In to give them a better consumer experience," said Rebecca Madsen, UnitedHealthcare chief consumer officer. "Gym Check-In rewards people for working out and being more personally engaged in improving their health."'
A recent UnitedHealthcare report suggests that companies that strengthen their wellness programs may yield cost-savings and improve employee health over the long-term.
Employers interested in offering Gym Check-In to their employees can contact their local UnitedHealthcare salesperson or go to www.uhc.com. UnitedHealthcare plan participants can check their benefit plan to see if their employer offers this program.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.2 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.
Loberg is Executive Director, Small Business & Key Accounts, UnitedHealthcare Wisconsin