TIP:  Seek medical care when a health problem begins. It costs more and takes longer to treat a condition that has been left untreated for too long.

HealthSense explores trends, issues and challenges related to health care costs. We explore these issues at the national, University and individual faculty and staff level, with a particular focus on what you can do to manage the challenge and stretch your health care dollars.

Changing health care landscape puts member engagement on hold
The university will not go forward at this time with a new health plan design, called a Member Engagement Health Plan (MEHP). Multiple factors led to the decision, including upcoming facets of U.S. health care reform legislation that may affect the reliability of the projections for the new design.

The MEHP was devised as a way to reward healthy behaviors with lower health care premiums. To earn the incentive, employees would need to participate in annual health questionnaires and on-going health improvement activities to minimize certain health risks and manage chronic conditions. Those who didn’t participate would pay more each month for health coverage.

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