You are eligible for the ExerciseRewards benefits for fitness club and exercise center services incurred during your eligible coverage year (please note, that this may not necessarily be the calendar year).
In order to receive reimbursement, you must submit a receipt to show that you have paid for the fitness center membership. Members can submit receipts at any time during the eligible coverage year or up to 3 months after the eligible coverage year is completed, but reimbursements will only be provided for incurred services.
As long as the membership timeframe is part of your eligible coverage year, reimbursement for incurred months in your covered eligible coverage year can be reimbursed. Please note, that you must provide a receipt that shows the timeframe covered by the fitness center membership.
If you have other eligible members under your plan, they can also submit claims for reimbursement for membership at a fitness club or exercise center; however, please note that the total maximum amount allotted for the family benefit is $200, so any claims over that amount will not be reimbursed. Eligible covered members are those members with active coverage who are 18 years of age or older.
Paid receipts must be submitted with a completed claim form and a copy of the fitness club or exercise center agreement. Claim forms can be downloaded off of the ExerciseRewards website at ExerciseRewards.com or they can be requested through the ExerciseRewards customer service area at 877-330-2746. Members can expect to receive their reimbursement within approximately 30 days of submission, as long as it is within the guidelines of the established reimbursement dates (i.e. after services are incurred – see question on “How will I be reimbursed” for further details).
You have 3 months to submit claims after your contract year has expired, as long as the services rendered were within your eligible coverage year.
You can call ASH ExerciseRewardsTM directly for any customer service questions at 877-330-2746, or you can click on the attached link ExerciseRewardsTM to access the ExerciseRewardsTM website, where you will find additional information on the ASH ExerciseRewardsTM program.
Swine flu is common disease of pigs and is caused by the same category of influenza virus (influenza A) that causes flu in humans. While outbreaks of swine flu are common in pigs, swine flu is uncommon in humans. It can occur, however, in individuals who are around pigs, and it is known that the virus can spread between humans in much the same way regular flu can spread, typically through coughing or sneezing as well as by contact with items contaminated by flu virus.
Swine flu in humans resembles seasonal flu, with symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people experience diarrhea and vomiting as well. Like regular flu, swine flu can in some cases cause serious respiratory problems or worsening of chronic medical problems.
People can spread swine flu when they have symptoms and possibly as long as seven days after they first become ill, even if symptoms have subsided. It is also thought that children can remain contagious for an even longer period of time. There is currently no vaccine for prevention of swine flu, and vaccines used for seasonal flu provide no protective effect for the current H1N1 strain of swine flu. As a result, people should follow sensible preventive measures, like these recommended by the CDC:
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
- Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
- If you get sick with influenza, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Viruses spread this way.
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- Fever with a rash
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
- Sudden dizziness
- Severe or persistent vomiting