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The Partnership Promise

Simple Steps to Save Money

The goal of the Partnership Promise is to help you get and stay healthy — while saving you money.

We can cut our healthcare costs with our own personal choices. Members who agree to the 2017 Partnership Promise are not only taking steps toward better health, they are saving money.  If you choose the Partnership Promise PPO, you will pay $50 to $100 less in monthly premiums than if enrolled in the No Partnership Promise PPO. For state and higher education active employees, if you choose the Promise HealthSavings CDHP, the state will deposit money, either $500 or $1,000 into your health savings account (HSA).

2017 Partnership Promise Requirements

You and your covered spouse* agree to:


Complete the online Healthways Well-Being Assessment™ (WBA) between January 1 and March 15, 2017


Complete a biometric health screening by July 15, 2017


Actively participate in disease management or case management coaching if you are called


In 2017, lifestyle management coaching will not be required, but you can voluntarily participate. Lifestyle management coaching could include tobacco cessation, weight management, stress management, healthy eating.


Keep your contact information current with your employer; or, if a covered spouse, keep your contact information current with Healthways.

View a flier outlining the Partnership Promise requirements »

Partnership Promise Status Update

When you choose the Partnership Promise PPO or the Promise HealthSavings CDHP you agree to complete the Partnership Promise and take steps for better health. The Partnership Promise is an annual commitment, but you are not required to sign a new promise each year.

If you and/or your covered spouse fail to fulfill any requirement of the 2017 Partnership Promise, you and any eligible dependents can stay in your current plan, but you could pay more for the Partnership PPO plan the following year. Or, if you are in the Promise HealthSavings CDHP, you won’t qualify for state HSA funds. If you wish to select another plan for the next calendar year, you will need to make your choice during the fall annual enrollment period.

*Enrolled employees and covered spouses (if applicable) are required to complete the requirements. Children enrolled in a health plan are not required to participate.

Note: The benefits of the Partnership Promise are open to all plan members. If you think you might be unable to fulfill the Partnership Promise, call our ParTNers for Health Wellness Program at 888.741.3390, Monday - Friday, 8 to 8 Central time. They will work with you and/or your physician, if you wish, to find an alternate way for you to meet the Promise.

The state group insurance program determines the Partnership Promise requirements. Healthways administers the Partnership Promise. Requirements may change each year.

Partnership Promise benefits, such as telephonic coaching and online access to the wellness site, are open to all plan members.

Want to Learn More?

To answer questions you may have about the Partnership Promise requirements see our Q&A.

New Employees and Newly Covered Members

To fulfill the Partnership Promise, new employees and newly covered members (and covered spouses if applicable) who enroll in the Partnership Promise PPO or Promise HealthSavings CDHP must complete the following steps within 120 days of the first day their health insurance coverage begins:

Coverage effective dates and deadlines for 2017 are below:


Coverage Effective Date 120-Day Deadline

January 1

April 30

February 1

May 31

March 1

June 28

April 1

July 29

May 1

August 28

June 1

September 28

July 1

October 28

August 1

November 28

If your insurance coverage begins between September 1 and December 31, you will not have to complete the Partnership Promise requirement for new members.

GINA Consent (specific to spouses enrolled in a Partnership Promise plan): To opt out of the WBA or biometric screening for reasons specific to GINA (disclosure of family medical history), email Healthways at partnersforhealth@healthways.com or call 888.741.3390.

IMPORTANT PRIVACY NOTICE: The state group insurance program is prohibited from giving your protected health information to your employer or any person or entity not authorized by law. Personal health information is protected under federal and state law and is released to state group insurance program business partners in order to assist members with managing their health care needs, health plan operations and as authorized by law. As required by federal law, the state group insurance program has agreements with our business partners that protect personal health information. More details about the privacy of protected health information under federal law are available at www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/.