Retiree Information

Excellus Healthy Rewards Update: Retirees enrolled in the Excellus Blue PPO Signature Co-pay plan that participated in the Healthy Rewards program between 7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020 will be receiving a gift card on or around 5/1/2021, mailed to your home address. This is because Excellus had incorrectly communicated Excellus errored in communicating that the Healthy Rewards plan would reset on January 1 rather than July 1.

Excellus will be utilizing their subsidiary Lifetime Benefits Solutions to issue wellness gift cards to anyone who participated in Healthy Rewards from 7/1/2020-12/31/2020.

• Anyone that earned under $200 will be reimbursed $200 and anyone that earned over $200 we will match that amount (ex. Earned $395 we will match that and issue a gift card for $395)
• Spouses that earned rewards during 7/1/2020-12/31/2020 will also be issued a gift card
• The gift card will not work at ATMs or gas stations and should always be used as credit (not debit) as no pin will be assigned.
• For ECSD members that did not use or earn any Healthy Rewards in 2020, you can still earn up to the full $500 until 6/30/2021
• All eligible ECSD members will reset with the potential to earn up to $500 from 7/1/2021-6/30/2022
• Gift cards will be mailed before by 5/1/2021 and will automatically be activated on 5/1/2021 for use

Wellness Speaker Series sponsored by Smola Consulting

Blue Zones: Living to 100 and Beyond

May 13, 2021 70m Dr. Kerry Graff MD

Dr. Kerry Graff MD

Blue Zones: Living to 100 and Beyond

Dr. Kerry Graff is a family physician and the lead lifestyle medicine physician at Rochester Regional Health, with her main office in Canandaigua, NY.

She received her undergraduate degree in biology from Cornell University in 1990. After obtaining her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1994 and completing her family practice residency 3 years later at UPMC Shadyside, also in Pittsburgh, PA, she returned to the finger lakes to practice family medicine. After experiencing a personal health transformation by adopting a whole food, plant-based diet in 2014, she began incorporating lifestyle medicine principles into her practice of medicine. In 2017, the first year it was offered, she became one of only 203 physicians to become board certified in Lifestyle medicine.

Dr. Graff joined Rochester Regional Health in 2018, after running an independent hybrid family and lifestyle medicine practice, to facilitate integrating lifestyle medicine into mainstream medical care and growing the ability for the health system to provide these services to all patients who might benefit.

In addition, Dr. Graff serves in a volunteer capacity as the chief medical officer of 4Leaf Global and is the co-author of the 4Leaf Guide to Vibrant Health--Using the Power of Food to Heal Ourselves and Our Planet. All royalties from her book are donated to further lifestyle medicine initiatives.

Thank you for your interest in our premier wellness event.

-The Smola Consulting Wellness Team

Excellus Blue Cross

To reach Excellus directly, please call 1-877-253-4797

Benefit Coverage related to COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines can be found on the Excellus website:

Excellus Blue PPO Signature Co-Pay Plan Benefit Summary

Excellus 3 Tier (Commercial) Drug Formulary

Excellus Step Therapy Prior Authorization List

Excellus PowerPoint Presentation, Elmira City School District 


*Earn and claim your $100 WellBeing Reward by 10/31/2020

WellBeing Rewards Brochure (can you make this a hyperlink to the above attached brochure)

Questions regarding the WellBeing Rewards please call: 877-748-2746


Notice from Excellus: As of September 1, 2020, Kroger, Albertson’s and Publix pharmacies are no longer part of the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield network. Express Scripts (ESI), our pharmacy benefit manager, is working hard to help reduce overall costs for members by removing higher-cost pharmacies from the network. This was not an easy decision to make, but in the end, our goal is to provide the most cost-effective options possible for our members.

Retirees joining the MVP Health Care Advantage plan's on 1/1/2021 should have received your new insurance cards. If not, please contact MVP directly at 1-800-665-7924.

Medicare B premium reimbursements for July - December 2020 will be mailed out on or around December 23, 2020.