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We often search for things where it’s easiest to look for them instead of where they’re most likely to be. This is widely known as the “streetlight effect” and can be applied to health care and benefit strategy. Employers searching for value find that, while costs are easiest to quantify, true value lies at the intersection of cost, quality and experience. But how can we push towards a more complete interpretation of health care value? Better yet, how can we define health care value to strategically drive lasting change and better experience for employees and their families?
To all the caregivers out there, thank you. Thank you for what you give every day to care for parents, grandparents, veterans, spouses and children. Thank you for the care you provide to individuals with disabilities, loved ones recovering from surgeries and those living with serious mental health conditions and brain disorders. November is National Family Caregivers Month, and we want you to know, we see you, and we are here for you.
Forty-four percent of U.S. employers offer their workers paid time off to vote, and for good reason. Giving employees time to vote demonstrates a commitment to our most important civic duty and aligns corporate brands with customer values.
The ‘most comprehensive agreement ever’ on global health. That’s what the declaration is being called. During the United Nation’s (UN) recent General Assembly, the UN Member States adopted a high-level political declaration to ensure that all have access to essential, equitable and quality health services without experiencing financial hardship. The declaration accelerates progress towards universal health coverage by 2030.
Every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide, and many more people attempt to hurt or kill themselves. October 10 is World Mental Health Day. This year’s theme is focus on suicide prevention. Suicide isn’t something that is unique to any or country or region of the world; in fact over 79% of suicides take place in low- or middle- income countries. And in the U.S., suicide rates rose across the country between 1999 and 2016.