Apple Watch Owners With UnitedHealthcare Can Earn Awards for Being Active

Insurance provider UnitedHealthcare today announced the launch of UnitedHealthcare Rewards, a program that allows members to use their Apple Watches or iPhones to earn up to $1,000 per year by completing different health goals and activities.

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UnitedHealthcare says that eligible members are able to earn rewards by using a smart watch, smartphone, or activity tracker, with the rewards able to be added to a prepaid debit card or deposited into a health savings account. Rewards can be earned by completing the following tasks:

  • Achieve 5,000 steps or more each day.
  • Complete 15 minutes or more of activity per day.
  • Track sleep for 14 nights.
  • Get a biometric screening.
  • Complete a health survey.
  • Select paperless billing.

Some of the payouts include $3.50 per week for walking 5000 steps a day, $10 for tracking 14 days of sleep, $7 a week for 30 active minutes of fitness each day, and $25 for completing a health survey.

Additional activities will be added to the rewards program throughout the year. UnitedHealthcare Rewards is available to select employers with fully insured plans at the start of their new plan year, and additional employers will gain access later in 2023. The program can be accessed through the UnitedHealthcare app or through the UnitedHealthcare website.

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Top Rated Comments

JoEw Avatar
17 months ago
You’re a fool if you opt into this.

Insurance looks for every excuse to not pay out - they’re legally obligated to return value to shareholders. Please don’t voluntarily share your day to day activity data.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
infiniteentropy Avatar
17 months ago
Terrifying precedent. That is all I have to say about that.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boss.king Avatar
17 months ago
It’s a trap.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wallinbl Avatar
17 months ago

You’re a fool if you opt into this.

Insurance looks for every excuse to not pay out - they’re legally obligated to return value to shareholders. Please don’t voluntarily share your day to day activity data.
Paranoid much?

Keeping you healthy and having healthy habits is far and away the biggest way to keep claim payments down. And, they're legally obligated to pay out the same share of premiums due to the ACA.

Aside from the fact that none of the information coming out of the watch or the UHC app would trip any of the plan guidelines for coverage.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MacWiz_007 Avatar
17 months ago

Horrific precedent for any country where private healthcare is the norm. Even those with state funded universal healthcare should be wary of this.

We should be looking after the sick. We should also encourage people to live healthy lives. That's it.

It'll be blood tests next and taxes on certain measures of being overweight.
It's also unfair that I workout six days a week and have a clean bill of health, yet I have to pay the same price for health insurance as the people I work with that are 200 pounds overweight and never workout. While I wouldn't sign up for this, at least they are offering folks a way to save some money/get something back for making healthy choices.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MatthewUT44 Avatar
17 months ago

Terrifying precedent. That is all I have to say about that.
Its not bad at all. How dare a health insurance company promote a healthy lifestyle
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)