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May 11, 2015

As the EEOC submits new regulations governing sponsored wellness plans, employers are helping individuals discover chronic health conditions and lower costs through wellness programs. Michael Garcia discovered he had hypothyroidism after completing a blood screening required by his wellness program at JFK Health. Through preventive care and treatment he has lost 20 pounds and avoided what his doctor said could have turned into cancer within four years.

Read more at USA Today.

May 11, 2015

Just 45% of individuals with employer-sponsored wellness programs reported that incentives were meaningful in helping them manage their health. Even those who did participate in earning incentives left money on the table. Those who did not take full advantage of the incentives offered cited concerns about data security, inconvenience, and the belief that they are already doing what they need to be doing to be healthy, among other reasons.

Read more at Managed Healthcare Executive.

May 6, 2015

Wellness programs are only as good as their ability to engage individuals. Recent research indicates that nearly half of people do not participate fully in wellness programs, despite the potential for improved mood, health, and workplace productivity. Individuals surveyed provided five reasons why they did not take full advantage of incentives offered by their companies’ wellness programs.

Read more at BenefitsPro.

April 30, 2015

For wellness programs, HealthMine data indicated that how the metrics are delivered can be as important as what information is being delivered. Especially in the Digital Age, it’s about getting health information to consumers in the right place and on the right device. The data also indicated more plan members want recurring cancer screenings to be offered as part of a company wellness package.

Read more at Employee Benefit News.

April 27, 2015

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released long-awaited proposed rules that amend ADA regulations and interpretive guidance relating to employer wellness programs. The proposed rules specify that incentives for wellness program participation must be capped, participation must be voluntary, and medical information must be kept confidential. HealthMine data reveals that 80% of consumers want incentives for wellness.

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April 14, 2015

As researchers continue to debate the safety of e-cigarettes over conventional tobacco smoking, 48% of consumers feel e-cig smokers should be penalized within wellness programs. In contrast, 63% of consumers believe traditional tobacco smokers should pay more for health insurance. Employers who want to decrease any type of cigarette usage among employees will be most successful using a combination of both incentives and disincentives. (Sipek, 4/6)

Read more at Workforce.