How MEC plans are a great benefit to employees and employers
MEC plans can almost always benefit employees. In the U.S., millions of preventable chronic diseases lead to premature death of otherwise healthy Americans. Employers do well considering what they can to reduce these preventable conditions, as they directly affect productivity.
It is estimated that these preventable conditions cause Americans to miss some $260 billion worth of work every year. Clearly, these illnesses put an extreme drain on the economy.
One way employers and employees can reverse this trend is by signing up for MEC plans. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), has the goal of preventing illnesses from turning into life-changing diseases. Unfortunately, Americans use preventative services at approximately half the recommended rate.
Heart disease and diabetes alone are responsible for nearly 70% of early deaths for Americans each year. Correspondingly, these illnesses consume 75% of health care spending throughout the nation. The worst part is these diseases are highly treatable with early detection and care.
The answer to this predicament is to offer an MEC plan to every employee throughout the nation. The question many employees and employers have is, what benefits can I expect to enjoy by signing up for these plans?
For employees, the benefits are tangible, and include:
- Diabetes Screening
- Depression Screening
- Heart Disease Prevention
- Colon Cancer Screening
- Skin Cancer Screening
- Breast Cancer Screening
- Virtually any and all preventative care…
For employers, the benefits are achieved financially and over time. By providing employees with preventative and wellness programs, employers enjoy a healthier team that increases productivity and reduces health care costs overtime. Healthier employees have fewer sick days and take less time off Additionally, they are far less likely to have complications stemming from smoking, a poor diet, or their corresponding illnesses. This results in more time at the office.
The ideal preventative wellness MEC plan provides benefits across all stages of life, and employers seeking to keep their valuable workforce in tip-top shape can experience improved productivity. For more information about MEC plans give us a call today.