March 8, 2011

Wellness incentive bill introduced

We’re assessing a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Rodney Tom, Sen. Randi Becker and Sen. Doug Ericksen on wellness incentives that would impact your future bargaining on health benefits. 

Senate Bill 5869 was introduced today and referred to the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee. It comes fairly late in the session so we don’t quite know what to make of it.

SB 5869 would mandate that all contracts include performance-based wellness incentives to reduce the actuarial costs associated with obesity, smoking, body mass index, cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The bill said incentives would include rebates or co-payment or coinsurance adjustments.

Anyway, we put it out there for your information.

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