There are a variety of weight management options available to State Plan members. These options are easy to use, available where and when you need them, and some have an incentive for participation!
Weight Management Programs
The CareHere Montana Health Center offers access to a Registered Dietitian, Exercise Physiologist, and Behavioral Health Coach! If you can travel to a Montana Health Center, call (855) 200-6822 to get started.
If you live too far away to visit a health center in-person, please contact the Health Care & Benefits Division at (800) 287-8266 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to meet your specific weight management needs.
If you'd like a group weight management workshop, just click here to make your request: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pptrequest
*Eligible for Live Life Well Healthy Weight Incentive.
**Eligible Next Step activity to help earn the Live Life Well Incentive.
Live Life Well Healthy Weight Incentive
Earn a $200 incentive for completing Weight Watchers, Healthy For Life Self-Study, or a Diabetes Prevention Program. Only these three programs are eligible for the incentive. This incentive is available annually to members of the State Plan and their covered spouse/domestic partner. Only one incentive can be earned per member per plan year.
To earn this incentive the following criteria must be met:
- Must show proof of 10% weight loss.
- Must show completion of the program.
- Must show participation in regular physical activity.
- Incentive application form must be completed and returned to HCBD within 3 months of program completion.
Each program is different. Please review the information about each program and decide which, if any, will work for you.
Eligible Healthy Weight Incentive Programs & Incentive Application Forms
1. WW (Weight Watchers)* ** - Click on this link for more details about how WW works.
WW Incentive Application Form
2. Healthy for Life Self Study Program* ** - Click on this link for more details about how Healthy For Life works and for recorded webinars.
HFL Incentive Application Form
3. Diabetes Prevention Programs* ** - Click on this link or see below for more details about the Diabetes Prevention Program.
DPP Incentive Application Form
The Montana DPP is a one year long public health program that supports healthy lifestyle changes for adults who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Trained lifestyle coaches deliver the program through group meetings at 19 organizations across the state. There may be a cost associated with the program.
There are prerequisites for participation in this program. Adults are eligible to participate in the DPP if they are overweight, have medical clearance and have one or more of the following risk factors:
- High blood pressure
- High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high triglycerides
- Had gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) or delivered a baby >9 lbs.
People who have completed this year-long program gain confidence and learn new life skills. You will attend 1-hour group classes for a 16-week series of nutrition and physical activity classes and then 6 monthly classes. You will learn how to make better food choices, be more active, and manage stress or other challenges to help you lose weight.
Please contact a DPP site in your area for details on costs, program start dates, and more! Find a flyer about pre-diabetes and the Diabetes Prevention Program HERE and the locations of Diabetes Prevention Programs in Montana by going to the DPP Map HERE.
The State Plan offers the incentive program to all plan members and their enrolled spouse/domestic partner. If you think you may be unable to meet a standard of the incentive program, you may qualify for an alternative program or different means to earn the incentive. You must contact the Health Care & Benefits Division (HCBD) as soon as possible at (800) 287-8266, TTY (406) 444-1421, or email email@example.com. We will work with you (and if you wish, your doctor) to design a program with the same incentive that is right for you. We will maintain the privacy of your personally identifiable health information. Medical information that personally identifies you and that is provided through the incentive program will not be used to make decisions regarding your employment. Your health information shall only be disclosed to carry out specific activities related to the incentive program (such as responding to your request for a reasonable accommodation). You will not be asked or required to waive the confidentiality of your health information to participate or to receive an incentive. Anyone who receives your information for purposes of providing you services through the incentive program will abide by the same confidentiality requirements. We securely maintain all electronically stored medical information we obtain through the incentive program, and will take appropriate precautions to avoid a data breach. If a data breach does occur involving information you provided to us for the incentive program, we will notify you immediately. A copy of the Plan’s privacy notice is available on the HCBD website or by going to http://benefits.mt.gov/Portals/59/Documents/hipaa%20notice.pdf.