When a 41-year-old Trek employee suddenly died in his sleep, the company adopted a “tough love” policy when it came to health coverage: Trek made contributions to employees’ and spouses’ insurance premiums dependent on their taking health risk assessments (HRAs) and undergoing biometric screenings. It’s not surprising that nearly all Trek employees participated.
At Trek, employees had to earn up to 1,000 “Wellness Points” by completing preventive exams, health screenings, health coaching, nutrition counseling or fitness activities. Employees are placed into a low, moderate or high risk level and assigned a points value based on their results. Those who scored 750 points or above maintained the current Trek premium contribution; those who scored below 750 paid an additional $1,800 annually.
The results were clear: Employees had decreases in health risks, treatment costs for major diseases and absences. Employees’ average biometric scores rose too — from 772 in 2009 to 863 in 2014.