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Brand Your Wellness Program for Fun and Engagement

There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution for wellness – so don’t be talked into buying one. Every employer is unique and every population is different. If you haven’t already, start implementing wellness within your employee benefits plan. Take small steps at first and look for easy “wins” to build momentum and engage employees. If you already have a wellness plan, challenge...
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Medical Loss Ratios and Extreme Couponing

Recent articles have been celebratory:  “Millions of consumers and small businesses will receive an estimated $1.3 billion in rebates from their health plans this summer under a provision of the health care law that effectively limits what insurers can charge for administration and profits!” (AP). A great deal has been written lately about employers receiving rebates from health insurance carriers...
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Obese Workers vs Smokers – Who Costs Your Healthplan More?

Smoking has been the “easy target” for many wellness plans for more than 30 years.  It’s viewed by many (even some smokers) as a “nasty” habit and it has a seemingly endless list of destructive health effects – in fact, we all know them so well, listing them here would certainly be met with a chorus of “Yeah, yeah, tell...
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Sleep Less, Gain Weight

We’ve all heard about the importance of a good night’s sleep and now scientists have hard evidence to back that up.  A new study found that people who sleep less may eat more and gain weight. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota studied a group of 17 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 40 for a week...
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Healthcare for Those Who Need It Least

According to Reuters, “…healthcare reforms have enabled 2.5 million young adults to join or remain in their parents’ health insurance plans…up from 1 million reported earlier this year. “Federal officials fully credited the gains to the Affordable Care Act, legislation championed by President Obama that took effect last year and is deemed the biggest overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system...
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