$150 Fitness & Weight Loss Reimbursements

Members of the Boston University Health Plan are eligible to receive up to $150 annually in fitness club membership fees and weight loss programs at qualified facilities.

Enhancements Coming January 2019!

BCBS is excited to let you know that starting January 1, 2019, they are expanding their fitness and weight-loss reimbursements to include qualifying programs that cover group classes at fitness studios, such as yoga, pilates, and kickboxing classes, and certain non-hospital in-person and online weight-loss programs. This change responds to what they have heard from their subscribers.

These additional programs give you the coverage you’ve been looking for and provide you with support for a broader range of healthy activities.

Fitness Reimbursement

When you participate in a qualified fitness program, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will reimburse you up to $150 each calendar year for costs you pay for health club membership fees or for fitness classes taken at a qualified health club. You can claim this maximum fitness reimbursement for fees paid by any combination of members (such as you, your spouse, and/or your dependent children).

This fitness reimbursement applies only for fees paid to: privately-owned or privately-sponsored health clubs or fitness facilities, including individual health clubs and fitness centers; YMCA’s and YWCA’s; Jewish community centers; and municipal fitness centers.  No reimbursement will be provided for any health club initiation fees or fees or costs you pay for personal training sessions, country clubs, social clubs (such as ski or hiking clubs), sports teams or leagues, spas, instructional dance studios, and martial arts schools.

Weight Loss Program Reimbursement

When you participate in a qualified weight loss program, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will reimburse you up to $150 each calendar year for costs you pay to participate in qualified program(s). You can claim this weight loss program reimbursement for fees paid by any combination of members (such as you, your spouse, and/or your dependent children).

A qualified weight loss program is a hospital-based weight loss program or a non-hospital-based weight loss program designated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.  No reimbursement will be provided for any fees or costs you pay for: online weight loss programs; any non-hospital-based weight loss program not designated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; individual nutrition counseling sessions; pre-packaged meals, books, videos, scales, or other items or supplies; and any other items not included as part of a qualified weight loss class or weight loss course.

How to Claim Your Reimbursement

To be reimbursed for participation in a qualified wellness program, you must send your reimbursement request to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts no later than March 31st after the year for which you are claiming your reimbursement.

To request your reimbursement, you must: