A survey of more than 1,000 employers by United Benefit Advisors, an alliance of 141 U.S. benefit firms, suggests that health and wellness programs are proving valuable, according to a report by Business & Legal Reports (BLR).
â€œThe focus for many employers has clearly shifted to preventing and managing employee health rather than solely cutting benefits and/or increasing employee contributions,â€ the allianceâ€™s David LoCascio told BLR.
The survey found that the most prevalent cost containment strategies by employers continue to be reducing plan benefits and/or increasing employee premium costs.
However, those responding increasingly believed wellness programs that incorporate individual health-risk assessments and disease-management programs are equally effective at containing costs.
Employers express growing belief in wellness (10/25)
October 25, 2006