Wellness programs are a hedge against rising health costs

10/24/2011 | Washington Post, The

Companies and employees use wellness programs as a hedge against rising expenses, which Ron Fontanetta of Towers Watson says makes sense because they encourage healthy behavior and can reduce costs. Some employers, for example, may help pay an insurance deductible or premium for employees who complete a health-risk assessment and use a health coach to control chronic conditions such as high blood pressure or cholesterol.

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