Sept. 4 Deadline to Earn $200 Honorarium; Got Competitive Advantage? Health Care Financing Task Force Update…

September 1, 2015

benfieldblkWeekly Buzz: $200 Honorarium Available For Employers with 500+ Employees

Benfield-Gallagher is fielding a study of current and anticipated strategies employers are using to get better value for money spent on employee health and health benefits. They are looking for strategic benefits professionals to complete the research.

For participating in this 30-minute online study, eligible employers will receive a summary of key findings, as well as a $200 honorarium, which participants may keep or donate to charity. If you are interested please click here and share your contact information. Within one business day, you will receive a personal link to the survey from The deadline for completion is September 4.

Please note that, in accord with Action Group policy, Benfield-Gallagher is not allowed to retain, share or sell any contact information.

Health ScoresHow Corporate Wellness Programs Can Become Your Competitive Advantage

In general, employee wellness programs are designed to increase productivity and efficiency, improve morale, develop a positive organizational culture, and reduce health care costs. This new Huffington Post blog discusses these goals and how employers can take the leap from wellness to competitive advantage. The blog also complements findings drawn from The Action Group’s 2015 Annual Employer Benefits Survey (members have access to the full results by logging into the Member Center from the homepage; everyone has access to the helpful Executive Summary). Our Survey revealed that 94 percent of respondents say they offer a wellness program and plan to increase related spending to achieve key business goals.

At the September 24 Action Group member meeting, we will be discussing how you can optimize wellness programs so they become your competitive advantage, along with how we are partnering with the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) to bring the value of its programs to Minnesota employers. Click here to learn more about this meeting, or to register.

Minnesota HealthScores: Helping Employees Choose Health Care Wisely

Survey data show 64 percent of companies are using value-on-investment methodology when assessing their wellness plans, compared with 28 percent that are looking at return on investment, according to this new report. The value-on-investment method goes beyond financial results to include factors such as employee morale, productivity, absentee rates, and safety. At the next Action Group member meeting, we will be discussing this trend, along with how we are partnering with NDPP to bring the value of its programs to Minnesota employers. Click here to learn more about this meeting, or to register.

Do you Have Experience With The NDPP? Share Your Story!

The Action Group is looking for members who are either planning to implement – or have already implemented – the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP), designed to help people with prediabetes avoid the onset of type 2 diabetes. We want to learn more about why you chose to adopt NDPP, and how you’re using (or plan to use) the program. We would also like you to discuss your NDPP experience during our September 24 member meeting.

Please contact Nayila Yaro with your NDPP story. Email:, or phone 651-329-4019.

Health Care Financing Task Force Update

The newly created Health Care Financing Task Force held its second meeting on August 26, spending much of the time developing timelines and processes. The Task Force is moving ahead with the creation of three sub-groups, which they hope will allow for deeper discussions of specific financing topics. While the exact rosters are still being determined, the areas of focus will include pricing and affordability within the commercial and public markets, how to ensure a seamless continuum of coverage, and how best to sustain and innovate within the health care system.

Meetings of the full Task Force are expected to continue every three weeks through January of 2016, with each work determining its own schedule. We will keep you updated as this work continues. For more information, click here.

Did you Know?

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Help Wanted: State Employee Group Insurance Program (SEGIP)

The State of Minnesota is seeking an assistant director for SEGIP, which serves over 120,000 people. The assistant director will help manage and coordinate daily operations of the Employee Insurance Division (EID), assist with developing and implementing EID goals and strategies, monitor program performance compared to goals, manage relationships with key EID contractors, and manage and coordinate intra-agency and external communications, to ensure that all State of Minnesota employees have access to high-quality, cost-effective group insurance and other related benefits. Click here and search for job number 15MMB000039 to apply or to learn more.

Thought for the Week

“When done right, your [employee wellness] program can absolutely meet the general wellness goals: Increased productivity and efficiency, improved morale and engagement, a positive company culture, and lower health care costs.”

Alan Kohll, Huffington Post