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Non-Tobacco Use Incentive

The state will continue to offer an opportunity for you to save $35 in medical premiums per pay period by agreeing not to use tobacco during the 2021 plan year. To be eligible, you must be tobacco-free by January 1, 2021, and continue to be so through the calendar year.

In order to receive the premium reduction, you must accept the Non-Tobacco Use Agreement within your Open Enrollment event. By selecting the “I accept” button you are agreeing to not use any tobacco products throughout 2021 and understand that you may be subject to cotinine testing and agree to such testing. A positive test result creates a rebuttable presumption of tobacco use and breach of the agreement. If you accept the agreement and later use tobacco or otherwise breach the agreement, your employment will be terminated.

The only exception to the job loss penalty is if you revoke the agreement in PeopleSoft prior to using any tobacco product. When revoking the agreement, you agree to repay the State of Indiana for each $35 bi-weekly premium reduction you received for 2021.

Please note that the agreement does not carry over, so you must elect it each year to retain the incentive. The incentive is available only to state employees who have enrolled in medical coverage. Additionally, please be aware that if your physician determines abstaining from the use of tobacco is not medically appropriate, a reasonable alternative standard will be made available for the incentive.

Only proof of use of an FDA approved Nicotine Replacement Therapy product will be accepted as evidence to rebut the presumption of tobacco use that constitutes a breach of the Non-Tobacco Use Agreement. FDA approved medications for smoking cessation can be found at https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/want-quit-smoking-fda-approved-products-can-help. Vaping and e-cigarette products are not legitimate, FDA approved nicotine replacement therapy products.

Tobacco Cessation Resources

If you are interested in getting help to become tobacco free, there are resources available to help you. ActiveHealth, EAP and Quit Now Indiana all offer free services. To get started please log on to, or call:

ActiveHealth
www.myactivehealth.com/StateofIndiana

Quit Now Indiana
www.quitnowindiana.com
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
Live Tobacco Free
www.AnthemEAP.com
1-800-232-7723