A survey, conducted early this year by Business Insurance and the Midwest Business Group on Health demonstrates that a number of businesses are gearing up to implement or enhance their corporate wellness programs.
Part of the reasoning behind this shift toward more and more companies jumping on the wellness incentive programs bandwagon is due to the new health reform bill. The new legislation provides incentives to employers who incorporate a wellness program as part of their rewards incentives. The employee wellness rewards that companies initiate can be used “to cover up to 30 percent of the cost of individual health coverage.”
Along with this, “78 percent of employers agreed or somewhat agreed” that the costs of the healthcare reform law warrant the shift. According to Business Insurance, “[it’s] more important than ever that employers keep their workers healthy and motivated to adopt healthy lifestyles.”
Authors of the survey wanted to get a reading on business leaders’ views of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The survey participants consisted of 1,300 employers, including MBGH members and the National Business Coalition on Health.
Another report on government’s push for wellness program incentives came from CNN. Amanda Austin, director of federal public policy for the National Federation of Independent Business, noted the importance of these incentives. She told the news service that there is “certainly an interest to be able to incentivize and reward employees for engaging in healthy behaviors."