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Friday, July 17, 2009

Senate Health Reform Bill Expands Wellness Incentives

Although its final passage is far from certain, we're happy to report that the first health reform bill has been approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). Best of all, the bill includes provisions that incentivize corporate wellness programs.

Under present law, companies are allowed to discount health premiums by up to 20% for employees who participate in wellness programs. The bill currently working its way through the Senate would increase that allowance to as much as 50%.

The provisions in this bill bring employee wellness front-and-center, and that's essential. According to Ken Thorpe of Emory University, obesity rates have doubled in the last two decades; returning to 1987 obesity rates would save the country $225 billion per year.

What health care reform will look like is still anyone's guess, but wellness must remain a priority. When it comes to controlling costs and improving quality of life, wellness works!

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