In an attempt to lower coverage costs and keep people from missing work, many large employers are offering their employees monetary incentives through their health plan for participation in health and wellness programs.
Most plans work by offering employees lower premium costs or cash for their health savings/reimbursement accounts – often up to $1,000 in a year – for taking steps towards improving their health like the following:
- Smoking cessation
- Lowering their BMI
- Lowering their cholesterol
- Lowering their blood pressure
- Participating in health assessments
- Participating in health and wellness coaching
To find out if your employer offers a wellness incentive program, contact your health plan administrator.
For more information on ways to meet these health goals – lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, and more – visit the Vitals Patient Education Center for condition-specific guides.
Sources: latimes.com and uhc.com