It has been more than three years since we first told you what to tell employees about health care reform. We’ve gone on a roller coaster ride since then, but the Affordable Care Act is moving full steam ahead, and 2014 is a big year for benefits. We’ve said from the beginning that we can use this as a strategic opportunity to get employees and their families engaged. This is your year to do just that!
Have you noticed an uptick in stories on health care? The surge of information in the mass media is only just beginning. Will the combination of media attention and advertising finally get your employees to appreciate the benefits you offer and take the time to evaluate what’s best for them? Or will it just confuse the issue, become a headache for your whole team and leave you answering endless questions? Yes, of course, we think the answer to that lies in how you communicate with your employees!
The story is getting scarier and scarier with each study. And yet, little is changing. Obesity rates continue to increase for all Americans to the point where doctors are witnessing unprecedented health problems in children.
A recent survey from the National Business Group on Health finds that, although employees want to improve their health, the demands of work and personal life and overall stress make it difficult to meet their goals.