How should employers adjust their health benefit offerings based on the surge of Millennials entering the workforce?

As Millennials are predicted to soon outnumber Baby Boomers, this generation of 23- to 38-year-olds has also become the most represented age group in the U.S. workforce today. But what we’re learning along the way is that Millennials have different wants, needs and habits when it comes to health care....

Apr 10, 2019

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To provide some added motivation with our workplace wellness program, what are some different incentives to consider?

Incentives can be great motivators when you’re trying to maximize participation in a workplace wellness program, because who doesn’t love the chance to get in on winning a prize? But what exactly gets employees excited about doing the work to improve their health? And even more challenging, what can motivate...

Jul 25, 2018

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As mental health becomes a bigger focus, what are some related benefits that are being incorporated with health plans?

With millions of employees dealing with mental illness in the U.S., two major obstacles continue to stand in the way of diagnosis and treatment: access and affordability. Fortunately, we’re seeing some signs of that changing as more employers are realizing the negative impact of mental illness and incorporating benefit solutions...

May 08, 2018

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Why are so many states choosing to self-fund their employee health benefits?

While the switch to self-funding has increased for both public and private sector employers, state governments are one group that has really embraced this structure. How many states would you guess offer self-funded plans today? This number may be higher than you think! The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) reports...

Mar 08, 2018

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How does today’s multi-generational workforce factor in to the employee health benefits that companies offer?

With a workforce that represents everyone from Baby Boomers to Post-Millennials, employers are tasked with offering employee benefits that fit the wants and needs of multiple generations. This is no simple feat when your staff consists of some employees who are nearing retirement, others who are just entering the job...

Feb 08, 2018

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How can employers keep participation rates up after a workplace wellness program is implemented?

As workplace wellness programs have become more and more common, so has this question. That’s because many companies find it a challenge to keep these programs going strong after the newness and initial excitement start to fizzle. I heard some excellent tips on this topic at our latest Cypress University when...

Dec 21, 2017

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How are wearable health devices being integrated into employee benefit programs and why?

I’m sure you’ve noticed that people have really taken to wearable fitness trackers in the last few years. The devices are flying off of shelves and we’re seeing more and more folks sporting them (especially the wristband variety!) in an effort to track things like steps taken, calories burned and...

Oct 18, 2017

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What role can employers take in helping address the opioid addiction crisis?

Here’s the reality: the number of people addicted to opioids is climbing at an alarming rate, and this crisis isn’t going away anytime soon. As employers, we need to understand the gravity of the situation and avoid the “it can’t happen at my workplace” mentality. The fact is, opioid addiction is...

Oct 04, 2017

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Why are so many companies opening on-site medical clinics at the workplace?

For a while there, the concept of having an outside company come in and provide employees with biometric screenings seemed pretty cutting-edge. But look how far we’ve come. Many organizations are now moving to a model that goes well beyond these on-site health assessments and offers things like primary care...

Sep 07, 2017

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Is low health literacy a problem, and what is being done to address it?

Before digging into this question, I think it would help to explain the concept. Health literacy is the ability to understand basic health information, make informed decisions based on it and navigate the health system. Without a doubt, it is something people are struggling with. When looking in to some stats,...

Aug 09, 2017

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