$10 Million In Funding Available For Workplace Health Programs
PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST
In addition to the President’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative, and the National Prevention Council, which was formed to design and implement a National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, the government has now embarked upon another area of wellness, this time aimed at supporting workplace health promotion programs. The United States Department of Health and Human Services announced the availability of $10 million from the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health fund to establish and evaluate comprehensive workplace health promotion programs across the nation to improve the health of American workers and their families.
This funding will enable the development of programs promoting healthy living to be available to companies of all sizes. Work environments that promote a healthier lifestyle by: 1) encouraging physical activity through the availability of flex-time; 2) offering healthier food choices in worksite cafeterias and vending machines and; 3) discouraging the use of tobacco, will be more easily established with the assistance from this funding. Organizations with the expertise and capability to work with groups of employers across the country to initiate workplace health programs will compete for the contract to be awarded these funds. Only evidence-based initiatives that improve workplace culture in support of health will be supported by the project funds. The key to the success of these programs is the involvement of the employees in the design and implementation of the strategies.
American businesses have been suffering from rises in health care costs and declines in worker productivity due to poor health. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, stroke and heart disease can oftentimes be prevented by changing to a healthier lifestyle, including exercise and healthier eating. Due to the fact that most adults spend more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else, the workplace is a crucial place to promote healthful habits. Evidence shows that both employees and employers benefit from wellness programs. For the employees, the benefits include weight loss, improved physical fitness and lower stress levels to name just a few. Employer’s benefit by increasing productivity, decreasing healthcare costs, reducing employee absenteeism and increasing morale. This funding is a win-win for employers and employees in establishing and instituting new wellness programs.
Check back soon as further information regarding funding for employers will be updated as it becomes available.
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The Innovative team is well respected at AFS. My staff and I feel they are an extension of our HR team! Since implementation, they have always remained committed to assisting AFS with all of its healthcare needs; in fact, it doesn’t matter what time of day, they always respond in a timely manner.
Each year they come up with fresh material so our employee’s interest is always peaked. A few years ago, Innovative provided us with documentation to show that moving from a fully insured program to self-insured would be more cost effective for AFS, and it has been! Innovative has truly made our jobs easier so we can focus on other tasks.
As an HR professional, Innovative makes my job easier and benefits administration much less overwhelming than it would otherwise be.
They are truly a partner with me to make sure our team members have the best benefits and service around their benefits that we can offer. Innovative’s team is responsive, professional and resourceful. (They are at the forefront of knowledge in many areas, including ACA reporting and compliance, which can get highly complicated.)
As a client for the last 4 years, we love working with our Innovative Benefit Planning team because of their service model, scope , depth and quality of expertise in handling our benefits and renewals.
Their level of commitment just keeps getting better each year. They have more than met our expectations on renewal negotiations, response time, assistance with ongoing plans, open enrollment material, meetings, support, bill auditing, and wellness programs.
Since our partnership with Innovative Benefit Planning in 2017, it has been a seamless one. Innovative always provide options, suggestions and recommendations when it comes to our benefits renewal.
Innovative is always present even when open enrollment ends, their year round communication reminds me that I can always reach out for help at any time. Their professionalism is the utmost one can expect. My account representative Jenni is wonderful, courteous, knowledgeable and very helpful.
We have been dealing with Innovative Benefit Planning for many, many years. They have given us nothing but exceptional service.
We can pick up the phone or email them and they always resolve our questions and take care of our employees insurance issues in a very timely manner. They negotiate our insurance rates every year and have managed to reduce the increase every year. Every account manager we’ve had throughout the years have been great to work with.
I have been working with Innovative Benefit Planning for over six years. Previous to Innovative, I had used the same broker for about 25 years. I was used to doing everything myself during open enrollment with my previous broker.
When Innovative came on board, I was pleasantly surprised how “on top” of things they were. I never have to call them and bother them about getting rates to me for open enrollment, as they are in touch with our carriers on a regular basis, and they get me my information for open enrollment as soon as they receive it from the carriers.