More states implementing programs to combat employee chronic diseases
The report found that employee chronic diseases account for more than 75 percent of all health care-related costs for states, which collectively employ more than 4 million people. In State Employee Health Management Initiatives, researchers examined programs states are implementing to curb health care costs while continuing to provide benefits to their employees. Officials said states are increasingly offering health management programs. The report found that states have played integral roles in launching such initiatives, including spearheading employee screening programs, providing financial and non-incentives to live healthier, and creating coordinated systems of care and prevention to reduce the burden of chronic diseases.
"States are increasingly introducing health management programs to their employees in an effort to prevent and manage costly conditions and improve employees' overall health," said John Thomasian, director of the NGA Center. "Governors recognize that these programs not only make for healthier, more productive employees but can also help stem rising health care costs."
The report also included information on state efforts to screen for early detection, provide motivation through health coaching programs, create incentives for healthier lifestyles, and manage high-risk employees.
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October 8, 2009
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