I wanted to share this with you asap, especially since I'd guess that a lot of associates, who spend their days huddled over a keyboard, are already paying for massages. While the benefit amounts to just $270 a year, there's not much paperwork involved. That $270 could be used to make an extra student loan payment, save for a downpayment on a house, pay for a couple nice dinners or any number of things.
Here's how our EAP administers this benefit:
1. Call the EAP's 800 number and request authorization for massage services (no referral or physician recommendation required);
2. Wait for authorization letter to arrive via USPS;
3. Get your massage;
4. Submit your proof of payment along with your authorization letter and some additional details to the address specified in your authorization letter; and
5. Cash your reimbursement check.
This discovery inspired me to set time aside to review our benefits in detail and I've found other hidden gems--like a four figure reimbursement upon the purchase of a hybrid vehicle!!!