We believe those changes are coming. In some states (see below) the conversation is already on the table. I had a discussion last week with Kaiser to see what they are up to. You can see some of it in a post from a few days ago on presenteeism. I admire what they have been doing as it is on the cutting edge of wellness, prevention and developing tools to allow employees access to better care. Aetna and others are doing similar things.
I found this article on Iowa State and some of their discussions for small businesses - highlights:
- Seventy five percent of costs related to health care in the United States can be attributable to chronic disease (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2003).
- Behavioral choice is one factor that contributes to the prevalence of these health conditions
- Investment in wellness programs return $4.91 for every dollar spent
- Small businesses lack the resources to implement wellness initiatives
- Iowa is looking into tax credits for such initiatives
- Qualified wellness initiatives must include assessment, evaluation and education