DALLAS, June 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A May 2016 HealthMine survey of 750 wellness program participants found that the majority (62%) think all members of their health plan should join a wellness program. What's more, 47% of respondents believe that if wellness programs had 100% participation, their own healthcare costs would go down. These findings come on the heels of new federal EEOC rules that clarify employers' ability to reward wellness program participation.
Wellness participants believe programs are helping them manage their health:
- 62% said their wellness program helped them lower their healthcare costs
- 38% said their wellness program helped them take fewer sick days
- 33% said their wellness program helped them be more productive at work
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) final ruling on wellness programs illuminates the boundaries around participation and financial rewards connected to these programs. The new law allows employers to offer members financial incentives worth up to 30% of individual health insurance premium costs, provided programs are voluntary and follow protections for employees against discrimination. HealthMine survey findings indicate that employees not only want these incentives themselves, but also feel that increased participation among colleagues will benefit everyone.
Bryce Williams, CEO and President of HealthMine said, "Healthier populations carry less risk, have fewer claims and lower premiums. So, it's true that wellness programs have the potential to improve health and lower costs for the entire population, one person at a time. The benefits of successful wellness programs are cumulative."
About the Survey
The HealthMine Wellness Program Survey queried 750 insured consumers who are enrolled in a wellness program. The survey was fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) in May 2016. Data were collected via an opt-in panel. The margin of error is 4%. Survey Sampling International (SSI) has been the Worldwide Leader in Survey Sampling and Data Collection Solutions, across every mode, for 37 Years.
HealthMine is a leading healthcare technology company with the mission to improve health outcomes one person at a time. HealthMine has created an unparalleled Personal Clinical Engagement solution that makes it easy for members to manage their health because they know: 1) where they stand, 2) what they need to do, and 3) what's in it for them. The platform works by automatically intaking each member's clinical and behavioral health data, and analyzing it through a rigorous, clinical rules engine. HealthMine identifies healthy, at-risk, and chronically sick individuals in a population, uncovering health risks that often go unnoticed. Applying deep understanding of a member's health, lifestyle and behavioral patterns, HealthMine creates a dynamic, personalized health action plan that tracks outcomes. Serving more than one million members, HealthMine has saved employers and payers more than $100 million in healthcare costs. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in Dallas, Texas with offices in San Mateo, California, and Eatontown, New Jersey.