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The state is offering a $25 reduction in health plan premium each pay period for those state employees who agree to not use tobacco during 2012. This is an increase over previous years. In 2011, the state offered a $10 reduction per pay.
State employees will need to accept the Non-tobacco Use Agreement, pledging to not use any tobacco products during 2012 and agree to undergo nicotine testing. This applies to employees who have never used tobacco products, to employees who have refrained from using tobacco products in past years and to those employees who have decided to quit using tobacco products prior to Jan. 1, 2012. The use of tobacco includes all forms, whether smoking, chewing or any other methods of use.
Keep in mind, by accepting the agreement you are also agreeing to be subject to testing for nicotine at anytime during the year. The Non-Tobacco Use Agreement does not carry over from year to year, but must be completed during Open Enrollment. If you sign the agreement and then later use tobacco, your employment with the state will be terminated.
The Non-Tobacco Use Incentive is only available to employees who have enrolled in medical coverage. You will not have access to the agreement if you waive medical coverage for plan year 2012. The reduction in your group health insurance bi-weekly premium only applies to your employee medical premium, and does not apply to your dental, vision or life insurance premiums.
If you accept the Non-Tobacco Use Incentive during Open Enrollment and later use tobacco, your employment will be terminated. The only exception to the job loss penalty is if you rescind the agreement by logging in to PeopleSoft and completing the self-service process to change your agreement prior to the use of any tobacco product.