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MIT Health Plans add new $150 fitness reward feature

Five of MIT Medical's health care plans are offering a new $150 Fitness Reward, announced Mary Smith, director of finance and MIT Health Plans.

"We're very pleased to be able to offer our members this dramatically improved fitness benefit, which replaces the previous $20 MIT Health Plan discount on MIT Athletic Cards," Ms. Smith said.

The Fitness Reward is a $150 fitness benefit -- per individual or family health plan contract per calendar year -- that reimburses the health plan subscriber for membership or exercise classes at any health club, including the extensive athletic facilities on the MIT campus available through the MIT Athletic Card or, for Lincoln Laboratory employees, the new Health and Wellness Center at Lincoln Laboratory opening this fall.

The Fitness Reward also covers aerobic/fitness classes without an annual health club membership. The purchase of exercise or sports equipment or apparel is not covered.

For members of the Traditional, Flexible or Kwajalein Option MIT Health Plans, the Fitness Reward became effective April 1, 1999. ForMIT students who enroll in the Extended MIT Hospital Insurance Plan for MIT students, and for MIT affiliates who enroll in the MIT Affiliate Hospital Insurance Plan, the benefit is effective September 1, 1999. The Fitness Reward is offered through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

More details on claim requirements, including original receipt requirements and documentation of four months of fitness club membership, are available in a Fitness Reward form available from the MIT Health Plan in Rm E23-308. To receive a form, send e-mail to or call x3-1322.

A version of this article appeared in the June 9, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 43, Number 33).

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