January 2021 UnitedHealthcare Motion updates bring new goals and features

Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the UnitedHealthcare Motion® program will include a new participation goal and prepaid debit card option, as well as updated intensity and frequency goals. The frequency goal change is available to renewing groups upon their renewal date. For new groups, it was effective 7/1/2020 for KA and for SB and ASO beginning 1/1/2021.

The Motion program is designed to help encourage members to get and stay active by promoting regular exercise and rewarding participants if they meet their frequency, intensity and tenacity (FIT) goals.

Enhanced features of Motion will include:

  • Participation goal: Members may earn $0.25 each day they log 2,500 steps or more but do not achieve any FIT goals. 
  • Prepaid debit card: Health savings account (HSA) members (employee or spouse) can choose to receive incentives via HSA deposit or a prepaid debit card during Motion registration. This is a change from HSA deposit only.
  • Intensity goal: Members may be rewarded for additional physical activity besides walking. The intensity goal is changing from 3,000 steps in 30 minutes to 3,000 steps in 30 minutes or 30 minutes performing other eligible activities.
  • Frequency goal*: The frequency goal is changing from 500 steps in seven minutes, six times per day to 300 steps in five minutes, six times per day. 

These enhancements are designed to help drive member engagement and increase value and effectiveness to customers. 

Click here to learn more about how Motion may help members get active. 

Contact your broker or UnitedHealthcare representative with additional questions. Visit unitedhealthcaremotion.com to learn more about the Motion program.


*Began July 1, 2020 for fully insured employers with 100 to 500 employees.

UnitedHealthcare Motion is a voluntary program. The information provided is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be nor should be construed as medical advice. You should consult an appropriate health care professional before beginning any exercise program and/or to determine what may be right for you. Receiving an activity tracker and/or certain credits and/or purchasing an activity tracker with earnings may have tax implications. You should consult an appropriate tax professional to determine if you have any tax obligations under this program, as applicable. If any fraudulent activity is detected (e.g., misrepresented physical activity), you may be suspended and/or terminated from the program. If you are unable to meet a standard related to health factor to receive a reward under this program, you might qualify for an opportunity to receive the reward by different means. You may call us toll-free at 1-855-256-8669 or at the number on your health plan ID card, and we will work with you (and, if necessary, your doctor) to find another way for you to earn the same reward. Rewards may be limited due to incentive limits under applicable law. Subject to HSA eligibility, as applicable.

Employers are responsible for ensuring that any wellness programs they offer to their employees comply with applicable state and/or federal law, including, but not limited to, GINA, ADA and HIPAA wellness regulations, which in many circumstances contain maximum incentive threshold limits for all wellness programs combined that are generally limited to 30% of the cost of self-only coverage of the lowest-cost plan and prohibitions on incentives to dependent children, as well as obligations for employers to provide certain notices to their employees. Employers should discuss these issues with their own legal counsel.

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