Wellness Programs

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    Employee health benefit expenses have increased by more than 9% in 2012. With employers trying desperately to reduce insurance costs, workplace wellness programs are increasingly popular. Nearly 80% of large companies offer them, and those who do have seen a 28% reduction in sick leave, a 26% reduction in healthcare costs, and a 30% reduction in...
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    Although the controversial individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—also known as “Obamacare”—has received the bulk of attention from both legal scholars and the popular press, another important aspect of the law that employers should be aware of concerns wellness programs. The ACA provides new incentives...
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    Although the controversial individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as "Obamacare" — has received the bulk of attention from both legal scholars and the popular press, another important aspect of the law that employers should be aware of concerns wellness programs. The ACA provides new incentives beginning in 2014...
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    In today’s uncertain economic climate, both organizations and employees are scrambling to contain their respective health care expenses. As a result, the workplace wellness program has rapidly become a tool that both are using to reduce medical costs. Unfortunately, employers don't realize that wellness programs are subject to a number of...
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    By Hillary J. Collyer DiMuroGinsberg, PC Is your organization concerned with having a healthy workforce? Is it considering making some changes to reach this goal, such as pledging to hire healthier employees to keep skyrocketing health care costs down? If that’s your plan, you’d best think again. Cost of Hiring ‘Healthy...
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    By Christi R. B. Stover Steptoe & Johnson PLLC It’s likely that your company is facing yet another year of increased health care premiums, and you’re probably wondering what you can do to encourage employee wellness and potentially reduce health care costs. Wellness programs are very popular, and some employers use these programs...
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    By Ashley Gillihan and John Hickman Alston & Bird, LLP 2011 was yet another busy legislative and regulatory year for health and other welfare benefits, keeping benefits practitioners and plan sponsors on their toes for most of the year. And not all of the activity related to health care reform. Don’t worry, though, health care...
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    It's likely that your company is facing yet another year of increased health care premiums, and you're probably wondering what you can do to encourage employee wellness and potentially reduce health care costs. Wellness programs are very popular, and some employers use these programs as a means to combat health care costs as well...
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    It's that time of year again, when many of us, determined to make a fresh start of the new year, make resolutions. Often, New Year's resolutions involve pledges to eat less and exercise more. Perhaps your company is considering making some resolutions of its own, such as pledging to hire healthier employees to keep skyrocketing...
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    A recent research study has shown that obesity among full-time employees costs employers $73.1 billion a year. Logically, it follows that reducing the number of obese employees in the workforce will save employers money - lots of money. Thus, whether it's politically correct or not, the question is, does the law prohibit you from...
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