Members of the State of Montana health care plan who are age 18 or over are eligible for reimbursement up to $75* of Weight Watchers fees every two years.
*Cash reimbursements are a taxable benefit. Reimbursements to active employees will be processed as an off-cycle check, separate from the bi-weekly pay checks and included in your taxable income as reported by the State of Montana on your W-2. Reimbursements to members of the State of Montana plan who are not active employees are 1099 eligible, which means the recipient must claim it as income when they file their taxes.
To qualify for the $75 reimbursement, members of the State of Montana health care plan who have participated in Weight Watchers (Traditional, At-Work, or Online) must meet the following 3 criteria:
1st Criteria - Weight
You must show that you have met the goal of losing 10% of your starting weight. For example, if your starting weight was 200 pounds, then you must lose 20 pounds to be eligible for the reimbursement. This can take any form that shows the required weight loss-10% weight loss certificate or first and last pages of your membership book/log/online journal that show starting and "ending" weight. You do not need to provide a copy of your entire book/log!
2nd Criteria - Payment Record
You may only claim reimbursement once you have paid Weight Watchers dues, and may only claim reimbursement once every 2 years. This documentation can take any form; an example would be a copy of the receipt you received when you paid your dues. You may not claim reimbursement for Weight Watchers dues if they have already been reimbursed via another source.
If you lose 10% of your starting weight and meet the other criteria but did not pay the full $75, you are still eligible for the amount you have paid. For example, if a person lost 10% of their starting weight in the first four weeks, paid $39.95, and chose not to attend anymore, they would still be eligible for $39.95. Remember that you may only submit one (1) request for reimbursement every two years.
3rd Criteria - Exercise
Provide documentation of regular exercise. Exercise may be whatever form you and your healthcare provider decide is best, but at least three days per week of exercise is required. Documentation of your exercise routine can take any form, from a copy of a typical week from your exercise log to a written and signed statement of what you do each week. You do not need to provide a copy of your entire book/log!
To Claim Reimbursement
After you have met the 3 criteria listed above, complete the Weight Watchers Reimbursement form and send the form and a copy of the documentation to the State of Montana Healthy Employee Lifestyle Program (SOMHELP) at PO Box 200130 Helena, MT 59620;(everything will be kept confidential).
You will be reimbursed within 90 days of submitting all the required documentation.
Next Step Incentive
Please note that participating in Weight Watchers can help you earn the Next Step Incentive! If you want to use Weight Watchers as your Next Step Incentive activity, you MUST self-report it to earn the Incentive. Examples of ways to participate that qualify for the Next Step Incentive are: attending at least two Weight Watchers meetings, participating in Weight Watchers on an ongoing basis, or reaching "lifetime goal weight" and participating in Weight Watchers in that capacity. Traditional meetings, At-Work meetings, and Weight Watchers Online all work.