The Business Case for Wellness Programs in Public Employee Health Plans


This brief examines the growth of wellness plans and documents the health and financial benefits they have produced.

Robert L. Clark and Melinda Sandler Morrill, North Carolina State University
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Key findings:
  • The evidence indicates that wellness programs are successful in improving the health status of employees and in slowing health care costs.
  • Financial incentives encourage employees and retirees to change behaviors.
  • Few governments or agencies have conducted systematic assessments of plans.
  • Retirees can benefit from wellness programs, but may require additional considerations.
  • Wellness programs likely will yield higher dividends to public employers than┬áto private employers due to the longer career pattern of public employees.
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