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The NYSNA Benefits Fund strives to offer its participants the best health care possible. Below is information about several enhancements to your medical coverage available through Oxford Health Plans. If you have any questions, please contact a Participant Service Representative at (877) RN BENEFITS [762-3633].

Oxford Sweat Equity Program

Oxford's Sweat Equity Program offers reimbursement to Benefits Fund participants for exercising an average of two to three times per week - up to $200 every six months. Covered spouses and dependents over the age of 13 can receive up to $100 reimbursement per six-month period. In addition to facilities promoting cardiovascular wellness, you may now earn reimbursement for participating in classes ranging from aerobics, Pilates, and yoga, to boot camps and weight resistance training. Individuals can combine programs from a variety of different facilities and fitness classes to reach the required 50 classes and/or visits needed in each 6-month period to receive the maximum reimbursement.

Here’s how the Gym Reimbursement Program works:

  • Visit the gym or attend exercise classes a minimum of 50 times per a six-month period. Reimbursements will not be issued until six months have passed, even if 50 visits are completed sooner than six months.
  • Collect paperwork including a copy of your current gym/exercise class bill showing the monthly cost of your membership and proof of payment for the six-month period you are submitting for reimbursement.
  • Complete the Sweat Equity Program Reimbursement Form.
  • Mail the Gym Reimbursement Form along with the copy of your current gym/exercise class bill and proof of payment within six months to:

Oxford Gym Reimbursement
P.O. Box 29130
Hot Springs, AR 71903

Disease Management Programs

Oxford Health Plans provides a host of disease management programs designed to help participants with chronic conditions better understand their illness and better manage it with the help of their doctors. Some of these programs include:

  • Oxford  offers a Cancer Support Program, which provides case management services to participants with cancer, who are at least 18 years old, do not have acute leukemia, and are currently in active treatment.
  • If you or a loved one suffer from asthma, you may be interested in Oxford’s Better Breathing Program which provides educational resources regarding asthma including the company's "So You Have Asthma" and "Winter Triggers" reference guides.
  • The Heart Smart Program helps participants with cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure understand and improve their health and quality of life. The programs offers materials about hypertension, cholesterol management, and making lifestyle changes like dieting, exercising, and not smoking.

Additional programs offered by Oxford are:

  • COPD Program
  • Depression Program
  • Living With Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis Program
  • Kidney Resource Services
  • Transplant Resource Services

For additional information on these programs and more, log on to www.oxfordhealth.com and click on the "Tools & Resources" tab in the menu bar at the top of the page. Then, click the link for "Managing Disease" on the bottom left of the page under the "Manage Your Health" section.