Wellness News

HealthMine News

July 7, 2015

A survey by HealthMine found that 43 percent of 1,200 consumers with self- and employer-sponsored health insurance want financial incentives in a wellness program to be offered to their dependents as well as themselves. However, new proposed wellness regulations from the EEOC state that employers may only be able to provide incentives of up to 30% of the total cost of self-only coverage. This proposed limit (based upon self-only coverage) may run counter to consumer wishes for financial incentives that apply more broadly to the entirety of their enrolled family.

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June 17, 2015

Engagement continues to be a challenge in wellness programs. In a HealthMine survey of 1,200 consumers with sponsored health plans, people identified the key barriers to their participation in wellness, including lack of time and inconvenience of location. Plan sponsors can help members overcome inertia by making programs more convenient and meeting people where they are.

Read more at BenefitsPro.

June 17, 2015

When it comes to wellness, more than any other issue, people want to learn about sleep. According to a HealthMine survey of 1,200 consumers with sponsored insurance plans, 30% say they are most interested in learning about sleep health. Additionally, when asked where they prefer to learn health and wellness information, 48% said online research was their choice, surpassing traditional media, medical professionals, and other resources.

Read more at BenefitsPro.

June 9, 2015

As the EEOC prepares a final set of rules on wellness programs, employers may be impacted by tighter limits on financial incentives. More than half of large companies offer incentives for wellness, and 80% of workers want them, according to the HealthMine Consumer Wellness Report. Monetary inducements are important motivators for engagement.

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May 29, 2015

Wellness programs may not be focusing enough attention on smoking cessation programming, despite the fact that e-cigarette smoking is on the rise. According to recent survey data, 63% of wellness program participants reported that smoking cessation programs are absent from their plan. A multi-faceted approach to help employees quit smoking, like the one North Shore-LIJ Health System (NSLIJ) uses, may be the most effective strategy.

Read more at Employee Benefit News.

May 14, 2015

HealthMine CEO Bryce Williams advises employers not to throw the baby out with the bath water when it comes to revamping their wellness programs to meet EEOC requirements. The risk that programs may not be compliant is something that should be monitored, but focusing on employees’ health is of paramount importance. “Investing in, rather than holding off on, your employees’ health and well-being gives you the potential to realize measurable and meaningful payoff,” says Williams.

Read more at Employee Benefit News.