Health & Wellness

How will state and local governments deal with health care for the large baby boom generation of public employees? Although increases in health care costs have slowed recently, the growing percentage of employee compensation that goes to health benefits puts pressure on employee wages and other government expenditures, prompting governments to make changes to their plans and strategies. Retiree health care obligations are a major concern as many governments are funding them on a pay-as-you-go basis.

MissionSquare Research Institute and its partners have analyzed data from all 50 states and a large sample of local governments, looking at such issues as benefit offerings and financing strategies, cost containment, individual Medicare marketplaces, retiree health care, and the personal and organizational benefits of wellness programs focused on physical, mental, and financial wellness.

Health and Wellness Resources

Infographic: COVID Vaccination Status and Views of Employees

MissionSquare Research Institute has developed an infographic on public sector employee vaccination status and views. Results are based on a May 2021 survey of 1,200 state and local government workers. Full survey results will be released as a report in July 2021. For more resources on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees’ financial […]

Infographic on Emergency Savings Funds for Employees

In conjunction with April being Financial Literacy Month, the Center for State and Local Government Excellence at ICMA-RC has developed an infographic on the business case for helping employees to build emergency savings.

Stakeholders Meeting: A Cooperative Approach to Financial Wellness

SLGE at ICMA-RC convened a group of thirteen associations or other key stakeholders for a discussion on financial wellness for state and local government employees.  This report summarizes the areas of focus and opportunities for collaboration.