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COVID: GEHA offers $75 vaccine incentive

The country hasn’t quite hit the White House goal of 70 percent at least partially vaccinated against COVID by the July 4 holiday—but it's close, at 67 percent of the over-18 population. 

Now, many feds have an added incentive beyond that of protecting the health of themselves and loved ones: the second-largest federal health benefit provider, the Government Employees Health Association (GEHA), is offering a $75 program credit to members who get vaccinated. 

So, if you’re a GEHA member, just go online and upload proof of vaccination. GEHA will deposit the credit into your wellness account—and you can use it for co-pays, eyeglasses, prescription drugs or any other eligible health-related expense. 

In an added plus, the benefit is retroactive. No matter when you got it done, as a GEHA member it pays to go to the plan's page and upload proof of vaccination. 

The GEHA announcement comes after—and raises the stakes on—an announcement in June by the larger Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP) of a $50 COVID vaccine incentive. 

GEHA and BCBS / FEP are both part of the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). Over 8 million feds and family members participate in various FEHBP plans.

Reader comments

Tue, Jul 6, 2021

Why don't these insurers incentivize this even more? They stand to save a lot more than 50 bucks or 75 bucks per insured, if they can get the country up from around 70 to 80 percent, and fully vax, big difference.

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