Health care costs

Study shows a workplace wellness program didn't do much

The first major study on the effectiveness of a workplace wellness program found that it had little impact on health outcomes, spending or utilization, according to a new Harvard study published in JAMA.

Details: It also didn't improve worker attendance or job performance over the 18 months of the study. It did, however, encourage employees to exercise more and improve their weight management.

For low-income people, employer health coverage is worse than ACA

Illustration of heart monitor charting health care costs
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

There has been appropriate handwringing since 2010 about the affordability of Affordable Care Act plans in the marketplaces. But new data show that health insurance is decidedly less affordable for lower income people who get coverage at work than for their counterparts with similar incomes in the marketplaces.

Why it matters: It’s another example of how, when we focus so much on the ACA markets, we lose sight of problems in the employer-based health system where far more people get their coverage. For lower-wage workers, their coverage is decidedly worse than ACA coverage is.