Although the majority of large companies provide employee wellness programs, few small businesses do. Despite employing 70% of US employees, small businesses have less reason to offer wellness, largely because health insurance carriers do not reduce premiums for achieved savings like they do with bigger companies. Health reform provides a financial motivation to help small . . .
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
The historic yet overwhelmingly complex Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will strongly affect all aspects of medical care delivery, for better and worse. The 907-page mega law features wellness prominently and uses the word wellness 86 times. The most pertinent wellness issues are in the Prevention of Chronic Disease and Improving Public Health . . .
The health reform law contains the support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund to invest in prevention and community health. The fund has already met preventive milestones towards tobacco cessation, physical activity, healthy eating and disease prevention. This instrumental fund is in danger due to an amendment by Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) to divert . . .