HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — With just a week to go, about 12% of state employees have yet to comply with a rule requiring participation in a wellness program.
Comptroller Kevin Lembo said his office has been sending letters and emails and has been in touch with state commissioners to get workers — and their spouses using the state’s health care plan — to know about the May 31 deadline. As of Wednesday, about 5,000 workers had not complied.
“It’s a constant drumbeat that reminds and encourages people,” he said.
The requirement is part of a program intended to improve care and cut potential medical costs for the state. Employees are required to inform the state by May 31 that they’ve made appointments for dental or medical procedures and have the work done by Dec. 31.
Failure to comply will result in a premium of $100 a month in addition to the regular premium.
State workers and retirees who participate, including their dependents, must agree to have physicals — annually for those 50 years and older — age-related screenings such as cholesterol tests and cancer screenings.
Robert Krzys, an attorney and health care expert for a coalition of Connecticut state employee unions, said the state is ensuring that compliance will be 100%, but he expects about 1,000 employees will likely not comply with the requirements by the deadline.