GEHA, the second largest medical benefit provider of federal employees, is offering a $75 credit to eligible plan members who get the COVID vaccination.
Beginning July 1, 2021, eligible federal employees and retirees under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHB) insured with GEHA can get the $75 credit to their GEHA wellness account when they provide proof of their COVID vaccination.
Eligible members are GEHA medical plan members who are 18 years of age and older, enrolled in a GEHA wellness program and have not reached their annual wellness program reward limit. The Vaccine Incentive Program credit will be the lesser of $75 or the amount remaining to meet the eligible member’s annual wellness program reward limit.
Program participants can use the Vaccination Incentive Program $75 credit on qualified medical expenses such as office visits, co-pays, prescription drugs, eyeglasses, contacts and X-rays.
To be eligible to receive the incentive, the first COVID-19 vaccination must occur on or before July 31, 2021. Program participants will then have until Dec. 31, 2021 to show proof of complete vaccination. The program is retroactive to 2020, so anyone who is eligible and received a COVID-19 vaccine prior to July 1, 2021 may provide proof to receive the credit.
Update: GEHA announced that it has extended this program until December 31, 2021.
Additional information regarding eligibility, self-attestation and links to sign up for the program will be available at geha.com/COVID-19 on July 1, 2021.
BCBS is another major insurer for federal employees under FEHB who recently announced it was offering a $50 credit for getting vaccinated. FedSmith author Ralph Smith recently went through the process himself and explained it in detail to assist others with applying for the credit.