Monett schools receive check for wellness efforts

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Presenting a check for $5,820 to the Monett school district were Rod Weaver, left, Missouri Educators Unified Health Plan wellness coordinator, and Harold Shoff, regional director for Forrest T. Jones. Accepting the check was Dr. Brad Hanson, retiring superintendent, center left, and Patty Bounous, district wellness co-coordinator and Alex Severs. Murray Bishoff/

Funds from insurer promote programs, activities

In support of the Monett school district's efforts to improve the health of its employees and the addition of activities promoting wellness, the Missouri Educators Unified Health Plan (MEUHP) has presented the district with $5,820.

A formal check presentation was made at the administrative office this week.

According to a statement by the insurers, the district qualified for the payment by completing a checklist of requirements. These included staff wellness education sessions, appointing a wellness ambassador and employee health screenings.

"At $20 per year for each primary insured employee, the funds can be used for various health education initiatives during the plan year," the statement said.

The wellness incentive program is sponsored by MEUH as the district's heath plan provider and by Cigna, the claims administrator.

"This investment is part of MEUHP's statewide joint initiative with their 117 participating school districts and more than 13,000 members," said Tom Quinn, MEUHP executive director. "Local leadership is the key to creating a health-conscious culture. MEUHP's role is to provide a plan and resources to assist district leaders to improve the health and well being of employees. This is a key part of MEUHP's long-term strategy to continue to provide quality, affordable health benefit plans for Missouri educators."

Forrest T. Jones and Company serves as the MEUHP wellness and third party plan administrator.

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