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!