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Notable Numbers

  • 2 – Percent of health care budgets large employers in the U.S. dedicate to wellness programs1.
  • 21 – Number of wellness programs a typical large employer might offer2.
  • <5% – Typical "engagement rate" for a smoking cessation wellness programs3.
  • 2.7 – Percent of large employers polled in a May, 2011 survey that said they would seriously consider dropping health benefits in 2014, forcing employees to pursue coverage on their own through the exchanges4.
  • 18 – Percent of large employers that said they would seriously consider dropping health coverage as a benefit in 2014 in a survey conducted in June, 20115.
  • #1 – Rank employees gave health benefits when asked "what is the most important non-cash benefit you get from your employer?" 6

1 Unnamed survey of 121 employers conducted between September 11, 2009 and October 5, 2009 by Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health. For details, visit 
2 Ibid.
3 McStravic; The Challenge of Participation in Disease Mangement; Disease Management, Vol 10, No 3; 2007
4 Health Care Reform: What Employers Are Considering -- Survey Results May 2011. Prepared by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans; Available online at 
5 Employer Health Reform Survey Results, June 2011. Lockton Companies LLC. Available online at
6 Eibner, Hussey, and Girosi, "Effects of the Affordable Care Act," The New England Journal of Medicine; October 7, 2010.

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