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Worksite Wellness Resource: Tekeela Green, Shelby County Health Department

Tekeela Green is the Public Health Coordinator for the Shelby County Health Department. Check out what she has to say to employers about worksite wellness and how she can help! Q: "Can you tell us a little about your interests and background in the field of Health Promotion?" A: "I was interested in public health/health promotion for personal reasons.  My family has a history of high blood pressure and diabetes.  Many of them take a lot of medicine, but are not changing... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Monday, September 30, 2013

Church Health Center: A Champion in Worksite Wellness

The Church Health Center signed on to MBGH’s CEO Culture of Health Initiative January 31st of this year and has been expanding upon their culture of health ever since. Lisa Carson, Director of Wellness, at the Church Health Center reported their program providing a wide variety of wellness activities, including: annual biometric screenings quarterly fitness assessments incentives for completing activity logs educational classes on topics such as nutrition,... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Thursday, September 26, 2013

Plan Worksite Activities for Food Day: October 24th

Memphis area employers and their employees have a great opportunity this month to get involved in support of Food Day: a national campaign for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day is October 24th and employers are encouraged to get their companies involved! Food Day aims to help American's eat real. This means choosing fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and sustainably raised protein over sugar drinks, packaged foods and factory-farmed meats.This can be achieved at your own... Read More
Posted by Tara Hill at Monday, September 23, 2013

Proposed Rules on Employer Shared Responsibility Reporting Released

From the National Business Coalition on Health: Treasury has published proposed regulations - following the July 2 one-year delay - on the employer shared responsibility reporting requirements.  The proposed regulations clarify that the reporting is on a calendar year basis, with electronic returns due on March 31 of each year starting in 2015 (for reporting on 2014 information). There are simplified procedures for low-volume W-2 filers (less than 250).  In addition to... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Policy Brief on ACA's Cadillac Tax

From the National Business Coalition on Health:  A new health policy brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation explains one of the most controversial provisions of the Affordable Care Act: the so-called Cadillac tax on generous employer-sponsored health insurance plans.  Beginning in 2018 a 40 percent excise tax will be assessed on the cost of any of these plans exceeding $10,200 for individual coverage and $27,500 for family coverage. Employers, who would... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 18, 2013

GE and IBM Stop Providing Traditional Retiree Health Care Benefits

Bloomberg reports that GE and IBM have both decided to stop providing traditional retiree health care benefits, and instead shift retirees into private insurance exchanges where they purchase their own insurance plans with a defined contribution. While retiree health benefits have been shrinking for years, the newest cutbacks may quickly become the norm. About 44 percent of companies plan to stop administering health plans for their former workers over the next two years, a survey last... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Employers Urged To Reform Healthcare Payments at MBGH 2013 Annual Conference

Memphis Business Group on Health's 2013 Annual Conference, "Follow the Money: You Get What You Pay For" issued a call to action for Memphis-area employers to change how they pay hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers in order to improve the cost and quality of health care services and benefits in the greater Memphis area. In the morning, over 150 attendees heard from national experts why employers must be the ones to push for this change, how employers are piloting new... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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