Health Benefits

Did You Know Your Health Plan Includes These Perks?

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Guided audio meditations, discounts on fitness classes, gym memberships and workout gear, plus healthy recipes at your fingertips. These are some of the perks that may be contained in your CalPERS health plan — and that’s just a sampling.

Maybe you switched health plans during Open Enrollment, or you find yourself wanting to make a greater commitment this year to your health and well-being.

If that’s the case, we’ve compiled a list of low or no-cost health and wellness offerings available to CalPERS health plan members. Below are highlights, as this is not a comprehensive list of all wellness benefits.

Please verify with your health plan whether these specific health and wellness programs are available to you.

Anthem Blue Cross

Sydney Health App — This mobile app allows you to search for doctors, hospitals, labs, and other health care providers in your plan’s network. You can also check costs of care before seeing a doctor, see what services your plan covers, and more.

Discounted Health Products — With Special Offers, you can get discounts on products and services that help promote better health and well-being, such as weight loss programs, vitamins, glasses, gym memberships, and contact lenses. To find discounts available to you, log in to your Anthem account.

Blue Shield of California

Wellvolution Programs — This digital platform provides personalized, digital health coaching programs in areas such as anxiety management, stress reduction, nicotine cessation, weight loss, and diabetes management and reversal.

Maven Maternity SupportAccess programs to support the many stages of family planning, fertility, maternity, parenting, pediatrics, and menopause. You can also receive support for pregnancy loss.

Health Net

Eliminate Eating Triggers — Using an evidence-based program (Eat Right Now) that combines neuroscience and mindfulness tools, you can learn to identify eating triggers and ride out cravings to alter your eating patterns. This 28-day program helps you reshape how you eat through video, audio, and animated lessons, clinically validated exercises, and on-demand tools.

Quit Nicotine and Earn Money — If you’re looking to stop smoking, dipping, or vaping, you don’t have to do so alone. You can earn a $100 Visa card by completing either the Health Coaching Program or Craving to Quit for Life program. You can connect with a quit coach online or over the phone and receive one-on-one help and unlimited access to online education and coaching support.

Kaiser Permanente

ClassPass — The popular fitness membership program ClassPass is available at no cost or a discounted rate, depending on the plan you choose. You can access virtual and in-person fitness and exercise classes, including yoga, dance, cardio, boxing, Pilates, boot camp, and more.

Self-Care Apps — Download Calm, myStrength, and Headspace Care (formerly Ginger) at no cost to support your mental health and emotional well-being. While each app has a different focus and format, they’re designed to help you improve sleep, develop self-care skills, and guide you through meditations provided by world-renowned teachers and thought leaders.

Sharp Health Plan

Wellness Incentive — You can earn a $150 reward by participating in a six-week program that includes completion of online learning activities or telephonic personal health coaching program that focuses on a health issue of your choice.

Personal Health Coaching — A personal health coach needn’t be a luxury. Take part in a customized six-week program, conducted privately over the phone, that can include elements such as healthy weight, smoking cessation, healthy eating, physical exercise, and stress management.


Wellness Incentive Program — Make more informed health and lifestyle decisions, and earn rewards like gift cards, health savings account deposits or reimbursements, and more.

OnePass Select — Get a subscription-based fitness and wellness program to support a healthier lifestyle. Based on your subscription choice, you’ll have access to gyms, studios, online workouts, and grocery delivery services with one monthly membership. Access the program through your UnitedHealthcare member portal.

Western Health Advantage

Gym and Fitness Center Discounts — You can access a range of fitness centers for a minimal monthly fee through Western Health Advantage’s partnership with Active&Fit Direct.

Healthy Recipes — Eating healthy, coupled with physical activity, leads to lasting weight loss. Other benefits of eating whole, homemade foods include decreased risk for and treatment of infections and disease, improved emotional well-being, and lengthened longevity.