Corporate wellness programs:
Corporate America has made big strides toward the smoke-free workplace. Its next goal: the smoke-free worker.
Many businesses are seeking to reduce their medical bills by paying for programs to help employees stop smoking. A decade ago, such programs were rare. But recent surveys indicate that one-third of companies with at least 200 workers now offer smoking cessation as part of their employee benefits package. Among the nation’s biggest companies, the number may be nearly two-thirds of employers.
“Tobacco cessation has been the hot topic for the last year,” said Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health, which includes more than 200 large employers.
The programs are yet another example, along with various other corporate wellness efforts like weight management and diabetes control, of how private employers are taking health care reform into their own hands, even as politicians continue to debate proposals and tactics in Washington and on the campaign trail.
My employer has had incentives to not use tobacco for years, although I am not sure if there are weight management and diabetes programs. Kind of interesting that one of the outcomes of private health insurance is that your private employer is concerned with your private life.
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