State Governments Turn to Wellness Programs

Wellness Works Hub notes that state governments across the country are turning to the wellness programs as a way to encourage public employees to more actively engage in their health management.

This comes as new studies show wellness programs can save employers money and governments are no exception. And as Health Affairs reports, wellness programs are even encouraged by the Affordable Care Act.

“Leaders in wellness planning such as Delaware and Alabama are being joined by other states convinced of the health and financial gains that wellness plans can produce. Most recently, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a cash-laden incentives proposal designed to increase state employee participation in wellness programs. If adopted, Washington state employees could see their participation incentives jump from $30 gift cards to reductions of up to $125 a month in their share of health insurance premiums.”

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