Analysts debate how to make wellness work

02/19/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Wellness incentives that are linked to employee health insurance premiums are a good idea and can get employees to do simple, short-term tasks such as having a health risk assessment, writes Dr. Michael O'Donnell, director of the Health Management Research Center at the University of Michigan. But Lydia Mitts, a health policy analyst at Families USA, counters that evidence does not show that charging some workers higher premiums leads to behavioral changes and that such policies can penalize people who are least able to afford insurance.

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