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As if you needed another reason to do squats, most major insurance companies offer 10 to 20 percent off enrollment fees and monthly dues. A word of warning: You might need to prove that you actually go to your gym to be eligible for the reimbursement. (The muscly guy at the front desk can easily check your attendance and sign off on your claim.)
Everyone knows that vacations are good for the body and the soul. That’s why some insurance companies provide financial incentives to take them. Blue Cross Blue Shield, for example, offers most of it's members 10 percent off hotel stays (two-night minimum) and a $50 dining credit at any Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property. Monte Carlo, anyone?
While you probably can’t get your insurance to pay for a facial at Red Door, you might be able to get a discount from participating acupuncture and massage partners--no referral necessary. Check your certificate of coverage or call your benefits hotline to see if you qualify.
Some insurance companies, like Cigna, work with your employer to provide free--yes, we said free--financial and couples counseling. Works so much better than Miss Cleo.
If you're looking to drop a few lbs, chances are your insurance company agrees with you. Many plans offer discounts for weight-loss programs like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem.
Let?s just say that a new pair of workout pants will get you to the gym faster than plain old motivation. Insurance companies are picking up on this and offering member-specific discounts toward fitness equipment and clothing. Blue Cross Blue Shield's Blue365 rewards program, for instance, gives most members a 20 percent discount and free shipping on Reebok apparel.
Those prenatal vitamins you need to take when you’re pregnant? You can probably submit a claim for reimbursement. Most insurance providers--and all HealthCare.gov plans--cover folic-acid supplements for expectant mothers.
You already know the health benefits of quitting. (And honestly, smoking doesn’t even make Betty Draper look cool.) But now many insurance companies are providing financial incentives to help you go cold turkey. Aetna’s one-year Healthy Lifestyle Coaching program covers eight weeks of nicotine replacement therapy products (gums, patches, lozenges), and UnitedHealthcare’s QuitPower program offers counseling and up to 40 percent off on future butt-kicking supplies.
Your health-insurance policy is sort of like War and Peace. You know you should read it, but... ugh.
Well, we’re here to be the bearers of bad news: Reading the fine print actually does pay off. The reason? Most insurance policies offer special wellness and lifestyle promotions that could save you serious money. Think discounts on massages, workout clothes and even your stay at a luxury resort.
Check out our list of the perks and reimbursements you might not know you’re entitled to.
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