04 April 2012
Kaiser Health News staff writer Julie Appleby, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: "Gone are the days of just signing up for health insurance and hoping you don’t have to use it.”
In a story published Monday, April 2, Appleby writes that more and more employers are using the carrot and stick approach to cutting health care costs. Blood tests and exercise areas are becoming more and more common. The results of the tests become the basis for the employee’s health insurance premium.
The trend is expected to continue, as the incentives and penalties allowed by law are scheduled to increase in 2014, from 20% to 30% of the cost of the insurance plan.