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.

SLGE 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, health care trusts, and the health and financial benefits of wellness programs.

Health and Wellness Resources

Multisector Partnerships to Improve Population Health

Survey with ICMA and Case Studies in Colorado, Florida and Minnesota Focus on Affordable Housing, Healthy Community Design, and Substance Misuse As the nation continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, a new report explores how local government agencies are collaborating to help address today’s greatest public health challenges. The report delivers detailed information and promising […]

Case Studies: Local Government Employee Financial Wellness

As many state and local employees face increased financial challenges and stress amid the coronavirus pandemic, two case studies – from Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and Denver, Colorado – highlight the successful implementation of financial education and wellness programs to help improve the financial security of their workforce and the surrounding communities.  Download a copy here.

Financial Wellness for State and Local Employees: Quick Reference Guide

This quick reference guide is offered to outline: (1) what is meant by financial wellness (sometimes referred to as financial literacy or financial education); (2) what topics are included in employer-provided financial wellness programs; (3) what formats are typically used to offer and communicate program content; (4) what barriers employers must address and overcome in […]