WGA Releases Results of 2013 Health & Corporate Wellness Survey

11/19/2013

For Immediate Release

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, November 19, 2013 – William Gallagher Associates (WGA) announces the results of its 2013 Healthcare and Wellness Market Survey focused on corporate wellness strategies to address rising health care costs. The survey is part of  WGA’s Engage in Health initiative and offers insight into the practices and plans of middle market employers, ranging from 50 to 5,000 employees. This third year of the survey revisits the same questions to draw comparisons, and looks for trends to gain a clearer picture about the direction of health and wellness programs in the corporate world. The results show that companies are still very much engaged and focused on employee health, especially as employers prepare for major policy changes due to national health care reform. Some highlights from this year’s survey include:

  • This year’s respondents who said they hope to implement anti-tobacco programs almost doubled – up from 20% in 2012 to 39% in 2013
  • Many more employers reported that they currently use, plan to, or hope to implement penalties, or lost discounts for failure to quit smoking after coaching classes – up from 7% in 2012 to 19%
  • Companies who said they are using cash incentives to drive wellness initiatives is up from 35% to 42%
  • The number of respondents who currently use penalties or lost discounts for failure to reduce Body Mass Index (BMI) increased from 3% in 2012 to 16% in 2013
  • The number of respondents that agree that the government should ban adverting of unhealthy food on children’s programs went up – from 40% that agreed in 2012 to 49% in 2013

Click here for the full results of this year’s survey and for more information on health and wellness initiatives, visit WGA Wellness.

William Gallagher Associates (WGA) is a leading provider of insurance brokerage, risk management and employee benefit services to companies with complex risks and dynamic needs, within industries that include life sciences, technology, financial risks, healthcare, energy, clean tech and environmental services. The firm was founded in 1983 and is one of the country’s leading independent brokerage firms, with offices in Boston, MA; New York, NY; Hartford, CT; Princeton, NJ Columbia, MD; and Atlanta, GA.

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Susan Forbes
Marketing Director and Senior Vice President
William Gallagher Associates
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Boston, MA 02210
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Direct 617.646.0282
sforbes@wgains.com