With a reported 15% increase in wellness incentive spending within their health care plans, corporate employers have their sights set on improving their workforces overall health in 2014 through wellness programs for both employees and their significant others, according to a new survey from Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health.
Copayments and co-insurance fees have increased on average 34% compared with those of the pre-Affordable Care Act individual insurance market, according to the results of a new HealthPocket study released Thursday.
The short-term motivators and health advice typical of wellness programs provide general benefits across an employee population, but people needing sustained weight loss require concentrated behavior change assistance specific to their condition.
By ending the sale of tobacco products in its 7,600 pharmacies, CVS Caremark Corp. is redefining itself as a health-care provider in an environment in which millions of newly insured Americans will be looking for quick and convenient medical care.
With all the implications that the Affordable Care Act has on employers health insurance obligations, its easy to overlook its effects on workplace wellness programs. Yet these programs are very much affected by Obamacare.
The strength of a business relies on its bottom line, and it takes a productive and engaged workforce to help meet those financial goals, particularly for a client-focused organization, such as EPIC, an employee benefits brokerage firm in Petaluma, Calif. With this in mind, EPIC has implemented a wellness program to improve its employees health and has watched it grow and positively influence employees lives.
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Nearly one in five doesn't even know if their company has a wellness program. Are your workers entirely ignorant of your offerings?
Brokers need to start communication earlier to implement a successful outcomes-based plan.
A good communications strategy can help your clients get the most from their benefits investment.
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Adopting a diet rich in unprocessed foods combined with moderate exercise and stress management over five years increased the length of telomeres, the ends of chromosomes linked to aging.