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Weight Watchers FAQs

  1. Who is eligible to participate in Weight Watchers® offerings?
  1. Special pricing is available to state employees, spouses and adult dependents for Weight Watchers services. The program is not open to retirees, their spouses and dependents or The Local Choice members.
  1. What Weight Watchers programs can I join?
  1. Two options are available: Monthly Pass Meetings, including at-work meetings and local meetings in your community, and an online subscription. The at home kit has been discontinued. See the Weight Watchers link on this site for additional information.
  1. How do I join?
  1. There are two convenient ways to join Weight Watchers:
  1. What is the cost if I join?
  1. Visit the Weight Watchers link on this site for a chart on service offerings and special pricing.
  1. Who can be reimbursed?
  1. Employees currently eligible for the state health benefits program may be reimbursed for half of the cost of Weight Watchers service fees.  Weight loss is not required to receive reimbursement. This offer is not available to spouses and adult dependents and is valid for employee service fees only. Reimbursement is not offered to retirees, spouses and dependents of employees or retirees, or to The Local Choice members.
  1. What is the process for reimbursement?
  1. Provided you are eligible (see previous answer), the Commonwealth will reimburse you based on meeting program criteria in any of the Weight Watchers services. The amount of reimbursement is 50% of the service fees you paid before taxes. You will be reimbursed based on the state's pricing for monthly pass and online programs.  See a description of services, reimbursement requirements information and the reimbursement form on the state Weight Watchers web site . Send a completed form to the mailing address provided on the form.  Reimbursements are processed four times a year, in March, June, September and December. Remember that the reimbursement is taxable to you as a Commonwealth of Virginia employee. For more information on tax consequences see the Reimbursement Tax Consequences link.
  1. What are the requirements to be reimbursed for the online program?
  1. There are two options for the online program: 3 months and 12 months. You may apply for reimbursement for the 3-month program after you have completed 10 of the 12 weeks. For the 12-month online program, you may be reimbursed after you have completed the full year, or after every 10 weeks that you participate in the program. Remember that you may apply for reimbursement three times in a year.
  1. Does Weight Watchers participation qualify for reimbursement under my state Health Flexible Savings Account (Health FSA)?
  1. Weight Watchers may be a reimbursable expense for people who have been advised by their doctor that they are overweight or obese and need to lose weight provided certain conditions are met.  You need a doctor’s letter that: 1) states your diagnosis of being overweight or obese, or having an obesity-related disease such as high blood pressure that would be improved with weight loss and; 2) states the doctor’s recommendation that you lose weight. You also need a record of your expenses, such as paid invoices or receipts.

    If you are reimbursed for 50 percent of the cost of Weight Watchers services, you may not be reimbursed for more than 50% under your Health FSA, if you qualify. To be reimbursed through your Health FSA, you must submit both a doctor’s letter and proof of payments for treatment. For your tax return, you do not submit these items; however, you need to have it in your personal file in case you are audited by the IRS.
  1. Can I use my Flexible Spending Account VISA® benefit card to pay for my Weight Watchers program?
  1. No, you may not use the benefit card to pay for Weight Watchers service fees.
  1. I participated in a Weight Watchers program from 2008 to 2011 and did not know about the state program.  Can I be reimbursed for half of the cost?
  1. No. You may not be reimbursed retroactively for Weight Watchers participation.
  1. Who can participate in at-work meetings at agency locations?
  1. Only employees may attend at-work meetings at this time. There are security issues involved that would preclude family members from attending at some work locations.
  1. Will I have to use leave to participate in Weight Watchers at-work meetings?
  1. No, it is not necessary to use leave to attend Weight Watchers at-work meetings if they are scheduled in the early morning before work, during lunchtime or in the evening after work. At other times, leave may be required. Please contact your agency HR office for information.
  1. Can my Weight Watchers fees be payroll deducted?
  1. No. Under the Commonwealth’s program with Weight Watchers, fees must be paid directly for the program, appropriate signatures obtained on the reimbursement form, program participation requirements completed before the 50% reimbursement is paid. Contact Weight Watchers at 1-866-204-2885 to inquire about payment options, including credit card payment.
  1. I joined a local community meeting and bought a Monthly Pass.  Can I attend a Weight Watchers At Work meeting instead and keep the Monthly Pass?
  1. Yes, this is a new feature of the program. To sign up, visit https://wellness.weightwatchers.com and enter the company ID and password found in question 3 above. The At Work meetings bring Weight Watchers experience right to your workplace where a trained Leader leads weekly meetings, and you benefit from the proven advantage of group support from fellow members and coworkers
  1. I have completed a 13-week Weight Watchers program and am planning to sign up for a second 13-week series. Can I be reimbursed for the second series?
  1. Yes, you may be reimbursed if you meet the participation requirements of 9 meetings for a 12-week session.