• Wellness Program

    The New School provides employees with a variety of resources to keep them in good health and help them make healthy choices. The Wellness Program is designed to give new motivation and support for incorporating healthy behaviors into our lives or maintaining current healthy behaviors. We hope this initiative will decrease work time lost due to illness and lessen the increasing financial burden of our health insurance.

    We understand that this won't happen overnight. The program will unfold in three phases over the next few years. In each year, there will be rewards for completing the requested tasks. 


    Enrolled spouses and partners can participate for a $100 reward!


    Employees who participate for the first time can earn a $250 reward.  If you successfully participated last time around, great job!  Do it again and you can earn a $100 reward.  Participating employees will have a chance to win an iPad!

    Email or call 212.229.5671 x4942 if you have any questions.

    About Phase 1 and How to Participate

    The first steps towards a healthier life are to know and understand your personal health risk factors and establish some health goals. We expect Phase 1 to last for a few years.

    Get a Preventive Care/Wellness Exam

    Visit your primary care physician or family practitioner for routine "well" services (including biometric screenings such as blood pressure, cholesterol, height, and weight). Make sure your provider codes the claim correctly as a preventive care/wellness exam and submits the claim for this visit through your New School medical carrier, United Healthcare (UHC).

    UHC will notify Human Resources that you had a preventive care exam. UHC will not share any other information about the exam, which your doctor must keep confidential.


    Under our UHC policy, preventive care/wellness services are free when you visit an in-network physician. There is no copay.

    Complete a Confidential Online Health Risk Assessment

    Log into your United Healthcare account at Set up your UHC account if you haven't already done so. Read and follow the HRA instructions in the Health Assessment Flyer (PDF). The Health Risk Assessment (HRA) is a personalized, strictly confidential self-assessment of your personal health and lifestyle. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. You will receive immediate feedback from UHC in the form of recommended steps for your personal health improvement. UHC also will notify Human Resources that you completed the HRA. UHC is legally not permitted to share your responses or results with the New School. This information will remain completely confidential.

    Complete these two tasks between April 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015 and your $100 or $250 reward, plus your spouse/partner's $100 reward (if applicable), will be in your paycheck and you'll have a chance to win an iPad.

    Participation is voluntary. Your personal health information is confidential and will never be shared with The New School. There is no consequence for not participating. If you have already had a wellness exam ("physical") or taken the UHC HRA at any time since April 1, 2014, UHC will notify Human Resources and you will have qualified for the reward

    It's that simple. 

    Phases 2 and 3

    Phases 2 and 3 will be announced at a later time. Participation will be voluntary.

    Qualifications and Disclaimers

    • The Wellness Program is offered to full-time faculty and administrative staff who are enrolled on a New School medical plan through United Healthcare.  Enrolled spouses and qualified domestic partners of full-time faculty and administrative staff are also eligible.
    • For the purpose of this program, preventive care is defined as medical services only (excluding dental, vision, or prescription drug).
    • Preventive services that are submitted through a plan other than through your New School medical plan with United Healthcare will not qualify you for the reward.
    • If your physician does not submit the claim for your visit to UHC as a "preventive care service" (with the appropriate procedure codes), your visit will not qualify you for the reward. Make sure your doctor's staff submits the bill properly coded.
    • You must complete the Health Risk Assessment in its entirety. Partial completion will not qualify you for the reward.
    • You must complete both tasks by the August 31 deadline. There will be no partial rewards for completing just one task.
    • The reward is taxable income, but it will not be considered part of your salary for retirement plan contributions.
    • You must be an employee at the time that the reward is paid.
    • The initial rewards payments will be distributed to employees' paychecks in September 2015. However, Human Resources will continue to track and pay the $100 or $250 as preventive care service claims and HRAs are processed by UHC. For example, if you have your preventive care exam on August 20 and your doctor does not submit a claim to UHC until October 5, we will still honor your completion of the task and reward you in a subsequent paycheck.
    • Eligible employees who successfully complete the two tasks will be entered into a lottery to win an iPad. The date of the drawing will be announced.
    • Based on your HRA score, an automated online health coach from UHC may recommend a health improvement program and other steps to help you achieve your personal health goals. You are not required to take the recommended next steps and no one will track your participation, but please consider doing so. This is for your benefit.
    • United Healthcare created the HRA, but the data is maintained by a third party, the University of Michigan. Individual responses or results are never shared with UHC or The New School. No party will use HRA information for solicitation purposes. You can find information about the University of Michigan's health assessment background and security at the bottom of the Take Health Assessment page when you log in to
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