Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Review of State Worksite Wellness Initiatives Released

Over the summer, PSD’s Policy, Health Systems and Analytics Branch examined how states are using state health insurance plans to implement worksite wellness plans that improve employee health and reduce health care costs.  Research shows that for every $1 invested in comprehensive worksite wellness programs, employers save $3.27 in health care costs and $2.73 in lost productivity.  This 50- state report, State Government Strategies to Improve Worksite Wellness, is part of PSD’s comprehensive worksite wellness initiative and ongoing partnership with the Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration on worksite wellness. 

This report describes state government initiatives to provide incentives to improve employee health. Among the most common strategies:
  • Adjusting health insurance premiums based on the adoption of wellness-related behaviors
  • Offering monetary rewards for healthy behaviors
  • Offering a discount on copayments, deductibles, and drug fees to reward healthy behaviors
  • Offering leave hours to employees to reward healthy behaviors
  • Giving wellness-related items to employees as rewards for healthy behaviors
  • Providing incentives and support for weight-loss efforts
  • Establishing discounted or free fitness facility memberships for employees
PSD welcomes your comments and questions about this research and other worksite wellness issues.  For more information, please contact Gabriel Kaplan or Susan Motika.

1 comment:

  1. I applaud the idea of the State of Colorado creating a model for effective worksite wellness programs for it's own employees. Showing good stewardship of taxpayer money by preventing chronic disease and it high costs can be a great example for the rest of us. There seems to be a gap between what CDPHE is promoting and what is actually being done with/for the states workforce to demonstrate leadership for other Colorado employers.