BCBS – Omada Program-3 Reasons to Try

Hi team,

Last week I introduced you to our new benefit called Omada® that helps combat obesity-related chronic diseases. Now I’d like to share a few of our favorite parts about the program.

First, the health coach. Omada includes your own professional coach who is there to keep you on track—on your best days and your worst. They personalize the experience to ensure you’re getting exactly what you need to be successful.

 Second, the tools and technology. Once you sign up, you’ll get a welcome kit delivered to your doorstep. It includes a wireless smart scale that’s automatically linked to your online account, making it easy (and addictive) to monitor your weight loss progress.

Last but not least: it actually works. You may have tried other programs or diets in the past. (Who hasn’t?) But Omada is different. The average graduate continues to engage in the program and loses more than 10 pounds over 16 weeks.[1]

But don’t take it from me…

Take a 1-minute risk screener today to find out if you’re eligible: omadahealth.com/mhc


Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota and Blue Plus® are nonprofit independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The Omada Program is from Omada Health, Inc., an independent company providing a digital intensive behavioral counseling program.

[1] Sepah SC, Jiang L, Peters AL. Long-term outcomes of a web-based diabetes prevention program: 2-year results of a single-arm longitudinal study. J Med Internet Res. 2015;17(4):e92.

BCBS – Sharecare Enrollment – Additional Info

BCBS has had some issues with enrolling members in Sharecare program.  Please see this additional information if you are having problems with the program:

If you have employees that have not yet registered, please have them register using a desktop computer, not the mobile app.  Once registered, they can use the app.

Please make sure that employees are joining the challenge if they are wanting to earn the incentive. If you are still not seeing challenges listed, please track your steps in the Sharecare app, and once the challenges are loaded, if your steps were tracked (even without joining the challenge), it should load your steps in to the challenge for incentive purposes.  I would also encourage a call to customer service at this point, too.

 If you are still having issues, please contact BCBS Customer Service (phone number on the back of your card).

A final note about the incentive, once the incentive is earned (210,000 steps and tracking 21/30 days of the month), the member will be sent an email with a link to redeem their Target e-gift card.  This should happen fairly quick after they have met the requirements to earn the incentive.  We’ve received multiple reports of employees already receiving their e-gift cards.  In the email, it states that the member has 30 days to redeem (accept) their gift card.  This simply means that they must click the link to redeem (and either print, or save to their Target mobile app) their gift card.  Once it’s been printed or loaded to their Target account, it’s there until they use it, it does not expire. 


Thank you for your patience as BCBS and Sharecare work through this roll-out process!

SharecareMHC Reg_Sync_StepbyStep


BCBS – Omada Program

I’m pleased to announce that SWWC is offering a new health benefit for employees and their adult family members who are enrolled in our Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota health plan—at no cost to you.

Omada® is a digital lifestyle change program that inspires healthy habits you can live with long term. It combines the science of behavior change with unwavering personal support, so you can make changes that actually stick. It’s an approach shown to reduce risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Find out if you’re eligible by taking a 1-minute risk screener at omadahealth.com/mhc 

Omada includes:

  • A professional health coach to keep you on track
  • A wireless scale to monitor your progress
  • An interactive program that adapts to you
  • Weekly online lessons to educate and inspire
  • A small group of participants for real-time support

Take a 1-minute risk screener to see if you’re eligible at omadahealth.com/mhc, and keep an eye on your inbox for emails from Omada in the next few weeks.

Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota and Blue Plus® are nonprofit independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The Omada Program is from Omada Health, Inc., an independent company providing a digital intensive behavioral counseling

2019 Wellness – New Year New You – Cancelled

Linda will not be able to make it tonight….Will reschedule sometime in February!

Hy-Vee Presentation – New Year New You!!

Tuesday January 22, 2019

5:30-6:15pm Community Center

NOTE: Attendance will count as participation for 2019 $500 Wellness Incentive.   




BCBS – SmartShopper

I am delighted to introduce you to SmartShopper, Minnesota Healthcare Consortium’s new health care shopping and savings program, and I encourage you to register for SmartShopper as soon as possible.   Why? Because SmartShopper is going to help you earn cash and save money when you and your family use your medical benefits.

Here’s how SmartShopper works:

  • Your doctor recommends a medical procedure or screening.
  • You call the SmartShopper Personal Assistant Team or shop online at https://bcbsmn.vitalssmartshopper.com/home
  • Have the procedure at one of the highlighted SmartShopper facilities
  • Earn cash and save money on your out-of-pocket costs for the procedure

There are more than 50 procedures you can earn cash for with SmartShopper, including CT Scans and MRIs, screenings such as mammograms and even surgeries, including knee surgeries.  And the cash rewards you can earn can vary from $50 to $500, depending on the procedure and where you have it.

Get started now by calling a SmartShopper Personal Assistant at 866-285-7452 or https://bcbsmn.vitalssmartshopper.com/home

The direct link to the video is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HoK6Y2K8Gg

BCBS – Sharecare Enrollment

Don’t forget to sign-up for this incentive program!! Next Challenge Period Starts February 1st!!

Please see attached document from SWWC/BCBS outlining the Sharecare program replacing the Fitness Center discounts for 2019

Sharecare Program 2019





2018 December Financial Reports (Unaudited)

2018 Dec Council Summary

2018 DEC Balance Sheet – Coming Soon

2018 Dec Cash_Investments – Coming Soon

2018 DEC Fund Income Statement

2018 Dec Fund Summary

2018 DEC General Capital

2018 DEC Fund Income Statement-DETAIL

2018 DEC Investment Positions

2018 Dec Special Fund Tracking

2018 DEC General Reserve Estimate

MN PFA Clean Water Land & Legacy – Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Funding

The project consists of advanced treatment improvements to meet nutrient limits, rehabilitation of existing treatment facility components, and CIPP lining of sanitary sewerlines.

MN PFA Project Funding Announcement

The City of Windom has undertaken a comprehensive improvement
project at its Wastewater Treatment Plant. The City has secured
public funding for this project that will reduce the nitrogen and
phosphorus content of its effluent and to better serve the residents
and businesses of the City of Windom.
The contract for the improvement was awarded on January 2, 2019
in the amount of $18,941.979. Funding for the project comes from the

  1. Minnesota Public Facilities Authority $9,624,333 (of which a
    portion comes from US EPA funds);
  2. Point Source Implementation Grant funds $6,317,646 (funding
    appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature from the Clean
    Water Land & Legacy Fund & state general obligation bonds); and
  3. State Appropriation Grant funds awarded by the State
    Legislature $3,000,000. This was previously awarded on October 30, 2018.

More about the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority and its Programs:
The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) provides financing and technical assistance to help communities build public infrastructure that protects public health and the environment and promotes economic growth.

Clean Water Revolving Fund (also known as the Clean Water State Revolving Fund or CWSRF):

The CWSRF is supported by federal capitalization grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state matching funds. These funds, together with PFA revenue bond proceeds, are used to make low interest loans to cities throughout the state for wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects. Loan repayments revolve back to make new loans, providing a permanent source of low-interest capital to help cities finance clean water infrastructure projects. Since its start in 1990,Minnesota’s CWSRF has awarded more than 530 loans for over $3 billion, providing over $667 million in interest savings to local governments and their taxpayers.

Point Source Implementation Grants (PSIG):
The PSIG program provides grants to help cities upgrade water treatment facilities to reduce their discharge of specific pollutants to meet water quality restoration and protection goals.