Should Employers Look To Wellness Programs To Bring Down Insurance Premiums?
Health care costs and insurance premiums are out of control. It’s yet to be seen if the Affordable Care Act will help to rein in costs, but many employers are now looking to wellness programs to help reduce insurance premiums, worker absenteeism and overall productivity in the workplace.
How Do They Work?
Employers may offer a reward for participation in a wellness program if the reward is not conditioned on an individual’s satisfying a standard relation to a health status factor. An example is that an employer can make a greater contribution to employee’s insurance premiums if they participate in a weekly fitness program, but they may not implement the same policy for all employees who can lose 10 pounds. There is no limit to the value of the reward. Types of rewards include a premium discount, rebate on premium or contribution, waiver of a cost-sharing obligation and other benefits.
What Are The Options?
In addition to fitness programs, other wellness programs include health insurance education, health screening programs, smoking cessation programs and on-site vaccinations. Employers interested in establishing a wellness program should consult with their benefit managers on a case-by-case basis to construct a program that will bring the greatest savings and health enhancements to their workplace.
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About Jason M. Kolinsky, CFP®
Jason Kolinsky is an Investment Advisor Representative with Kolinsky Wealth Management, LLC, an SEC Registered Investment Advisor, and Life and Health Insurance Producer for Kolinsky Financial Group, Inc. He joined the firm in 2007 and is a Registered Representative with American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Kolinsky Wealth Management and American Portfolios Financial Services are not affiliated. Jason obtained his Certified Financial Planner certification in 2012.