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The National Healthy Eating Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL) Program

Are you worried about your weight, would like to be more physically active or want to make some positive lifestyle changes? Then the HEAL program could be for you.

What’s it all about?

The HEAL program is a lifestyle modification program that supports participants to develop lifelong healthy eating and physical activity habits. Facilitated by allied health professionals, the HEAL program is specifically designed as a prevention program for people who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. It is also suitable for people seeking to manage their weight, type 2 diabetes, heart disease (including high blood pressure or high cholesterol) or metabolic condition. HEAL facilitators are trained to support individuals who may be unfamiliar with how to make positive health and lifestyle changes or who may be unsure of how to safely take up physical activity.

How does it work?

The program offers eight group sessions in a friendly and supportive environment. The sessions comprise of one hour of lifestyle education and one hour of supervised exercise that can be modified to suit individual needs. One-on-one health consultations to assess current health status, fitness, measure progress, plan an appropriate exercise program and provide ongoing support are also provided at the start of the program and after the eight weeks of group sessions. The program is now available in 70 local government areas across Australia, including all capital cities and a broad network of rural and remote areas.

How to access the program

Benefits for the HEAL program are available under the Healthy Lifestyle component of your Extras Cover. To be eligible for reimbursement you will require a letter from your GP, medical specialist or allied health professional which states that the HEAL program will help prevent or ameliorate a specific health condition. You will also require a certificate of completion from your HEAL facilitator and a receipt. Dependent on your level of cover the following benefits and calendar year limits apply. A 12 month waiting period is applicable on all levels of cover.

Levels of cover

Top Extras Essential Extras CoreElect StarterPak
Benefit Limit / Person Limit / Family Benefit Limit / Person Limit / Family Benefit Limit / Person Limit / Family Benefit Limit / Person Limit / Family
75% of cost to $200 maximum $200 $400  75% of cost to $150 maximum $150 $300 75% of cost to $150 maximum $150 $300  75% of cost to $150 maximum $150 $300

For more information on HEAL or to find a program near you, visit www.essa.org.au.

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All Australian residents, who are entitled to Medicare, are able to claim an income tested rebate on their private health insurance; would you like to apply your rebate?

For individuals earning between $88,001 - $102,000 (or $176,001 - $204,000 for families*).
*For families with children, the thresholds are increased by $1,500 for each child after the first.

How rebate tiers workX

Most Australians with private health insurance currently receive a rebate from the Australian Government to help cover the cost of their premiums. The private health insurance rebate is income tested. The table below details the different rebate amounts and Medicare Levy Surcharge levels.

The rebate applies to hospital, general treatment and ambulance policies. It does not apply to overseas visitors cover. The rebate levels applicable for 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 are:

Singles
Families
≤$88,000
≤$176,000
≤$88,001-102,000
≤$176,001-204,000
≤$102,001-136,000
≤$204,001-272,000
≤$136,001
≤$272,001
Rebate
< Age 6530%20%10%0%
Age 65-6935%25%15%0%
Age 70+40%30%20%0%

Single parents and couples (including de facto couples) are subject to family tiers. For families with children, the thresholds are increased by $1,500 for each child after the first. http://www.privatehealth.gov.au/healthinsurance/incentivessurcharges/insurancerebate.htm