Wellness Works: Obesity Awareness
Approximately one third of all prescriptions are never filled, and over half of prescriptions that are filled are not taken as prescribed in the United States. This rate of non-adherence includes patients taking drugs for serious conditions such as asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes. According to primary care physicians, the health of one in five patients is compromised by non-adherence. The consequence of poor adherence to medications is a critical issue that impacts your health and productivity. This brochure explains how understanding your medication can be the difference between suffering and relief. Wellness Works: Smoking Cessations
Though the hazards of smoking have been highly publicized for years, one out of four people in every workplace still smokes. But quitting is not easy. It requires behavioral and lifestyle changes that require self-discipline and determination. This brochure details how taking advantage of the smoking cessation program offered by your employer or your health insurance plan can have a huge impact on your efforts. Consumer Guide to Health Insurance (PDF)
The Consumer Guide to Health Insurance answers many of the common questions asked by consumers. The brochure addresses topics from "What is health insurance?" and "How does health insurance work?" to more pressing questions, such as "Do I really need health insurance? "Why is health insurance expensive" and "What can I do to help reduce costs?" For the Consumer Guide to Health Insurance in spanish, click here.
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This brochure offers facts supporting how health improvement programs in the workplace can benefit both employers and their employees.
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Revised! The Medicare brochure is a must for any agents and brokers who sell Medicare products. The brochure outlines Medicare benefits and answers questions regarding Medicare eligibility and costs. To order this brochure, click here.
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Smoking Cessation CollaborationPart I - May 5, 2010
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Cigarette smoking is highly prevalent and increases the risk of many serious health complications. Few people successfully quit smoking on their own because nicotine addiction is a chronic, relapsing medical condition with physical and behavioral factors. Offering comprehensive smoking cessation benefits, including pharmacotherapy and behavioral support, can help smokers quit. Leading health agencies and business organizations have called for comprehensive smoking cessation benefits. A smoking cessation benefit has been shown to be valuable for both employees and employers.
Renee Juhl, PharmD, provides an overview on the financial and clinical impact of cigarette smoking on an organization, demonstrates the value of smoking cessation benefits to an organization, discusses the components of smoking cessation coverage, available treatment options and presents best practices in smoking cessation management.
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Everyone benefits when the air is cleared of secondhand smoke. Workers become healthier, and healthier workers miss less work, are more productive and have lower health care costs. Smoke-free initiatives are good for your workers' health - and that's good for your bottom line. Without changing lifestyle choices and company policies toward promoting healthy behavior, things will only get worst. This session discusses how agents and brokers can help clients meet their insurance needs by providing a variety of plans and explaining the pros and cons of each. Unique collaboration can be offered to reduce tobacco use and increase awareness for potential cost savings to employers who implement evidence-based cessation programs that work. Comprehensive cessation programs save money. A wellness plan cannot be measured in bottom-line savings alone. The improved worker productivity, morale and overall health of employees will no doubt be recognized.
Susan Rider, employee benefits senior account manager, discusses in detail how to gain direct access to trained professionals that provide one-on-one counseling over the phone, an employer referral to the program with consent of employee and discount coupons for gums, patches and other medications to assist employee in becoming a non-smoker.