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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

94% of consumers in wellness programs are aware of the Apple Watch, which goes on pre-sale today. With the potential to gain valuable health information from the new device, 42% of consumers with a wellness plan are willing to buy an Apple Smart Watch, according to a new survey from HealthMine, and most prefer a $199 price point. Early adopters are willing to pay more for personalization and innovation. (Comstock, 4/8)

Read more at MobiHealth News.

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.

April 7, 2015

Although 83% of people say they have easy access to their health information, 68% don’t know their biometric measurements—key indicators of risk for chronic conditions, the most costly and preventable of all health problems. Providing easy access to this data and shedding light on what it means can help people make better decisions and lower healthcare costs. Corporate Wellness Programs can provide easy access to personal health data and shed light on what it means and can help people better understand their health, make better decisions and lower healthcare costs (Otto, 4/1)

Read more at Employee Benefit News.

March 31, 2015

As consumers struggle to pay rising deductibles and out of pocket healthcare costs, a HealthMine Survey revealed that while 86% of respondents believe it’s important to compare costs before taking a health action, the majority (64%) rarely or never price shop. The results show that consumers are not only disconnected from costs, but also from relevant health actions. The survey results provide a roadmap to what consumers are looking for in health care information.

Read more at BenefitsPro.

March 31, 2015

As employers anxiously await the EEOC’s proposed guidelines governing corporate wellness programs, HealthMine is investing in a new position–Senior Director of Wellness Compliance–to help employers shape their strategy around wellness programs and deliver on the promise of higher engagement and lower healthcare costs.

Read more at The Washington Post.