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UBA Special Report: 2016 Trends in Employer Wellness Programs

Posted by: Bill Olson    November 17, 2016 at 12:00 PM

New insurance regulations mean big changes ahead for employer wellness programs at work

Workplace wellness programs are under the spotlight as new regulations change the legality of components and what information can and can’t be collected. United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization, announces the release of the new special report, 2016 TRENDS: HOW EMPLOYERS USE WELLNESS PROGRAMS, which covers topline trends among employer-sponsored health insurance programs, based on the 2016 UBA Health Plan Survey.

Studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others demonstrate that well-being — a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual health — is of primary importance in the workplace. UBA finds that wellness programs can be very successful in changing workplace culture and lowering health care costs if they are communicated properly, if employees are educated about options, and if the right components are in place.

“Many employers are unaware there are wellness options available within their current benefits package,” says Les McPhearson, CEO of UBA. “For example, a basic first step is to provide incentives for employees to get their physical exam, which is often covered at 100 percent as part of their medical benefits. Connecting employees with their primary care physicians is a leading strategy for providing preventive care and setting employees on the road to good health.”

UBA’s special report, 2016 TRENDS: HOW EMPLOYERS USE WELLNESS PROGRAMS, covers topics such as: 

  • Which industries are leading in wellness initiatives
  • What types of incentives are most popular and most effective
  • What types of program components are most popular and most effective:
    • Health Risk Assessments,
    • Exams/Physicals,
    • Wellness Coaching,
    • Etc.
  • What are wellness program designs based on employer size
  • What’s the difference between carrier vs. third-party wellness providers

“When designed correctly and communicated properly, wellness programs can obtain important objectives and lead to true culture change, not just education and fun,” according to Heather Mills, CWWPM, Wellness Program Manager at VolkBell, a UBA Partner Firm.

To download the special report, 2016 TRENDS: HOW EMPLOYERS USE WELLNESS PROGRAMS, visit http://bit.ly/UBA-wellness-report.

For further information, download the complete 2016 UBA Health Plan Survey Executive Summary at http://bit.ly/UBAsurvey or contact a UBA Partner Firm at www.ubabenefits.com.

For interviews, contact Carina Sammartino, Media Relations, csammartino (at) fishervista.com or 760-331-3547.

About United Benefit Advisors
United Benefit Advisors® (UBA) is the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization with more than 200 offices throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. UBA empowers more than 2,000 Partners to both maintain their individuality and pool their expertise, insight, and market presence to provide best-in-class services and solutions. Employers, advisors and industry-related organizations interested in obtaining powerful results from the shared wisdom of our Partners should visit www.UBAbenefits.com.

Topics: Les McPhearson, UBA Special Report, Heather Mills, Employer Wellness, 2016 trends, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention