New U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Rules Levels the Playing Field

This press release announces new changes in laws mandated by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services.

Online PR News – 06-August-2013 – Sandy, UT – In the past, Wellness Programs were not always offered to those who didn't meet the health requirements, and health insurance costs were often higher for higher-risk individuals. However, things are about to change with new rules effective January 2014. Employee wellness programs offered by companies must be available to those who do not meet the standard health requirements, and businesses have less than a year to devise wellness program ideas to be in compliance. The new rules apply to both large corporate wellness companies and small business wellness programs.

Orriant can help companies get ready for the changes by assisting with wellness program ideas that are non-discriminatory. For more than eight years, Orriant has been devising wellness programs that are non-discriminatory and greatly increase employee participation. Compared to the 20 percent participation in other company wellness programs, our corporate wellness programs result in a 70 to 90 percent participation rate. The bottom line is that our wellness programs can help reduce absenteeism and employee health claim costs.

Employees with less-than-standard health requirements pay a reduced contribution toward their premium and can work one-on-one with a Wellness Coach to try to reduce their health risks. Overweight employees and even smokers are not required to lose weight or quit smoking to have a reduced premium. Programs are voluntary, and participants just need to work towards their health goal with a wellness coach. Unhealthy employees can attain the same rewards as healthy ones. Even an employee with diabetes can work with a wellness coach for effective ways to manage the illness.

Working with a personal wellness coach is the key ingredient to successful wellness programs. Recent studies have revealed that total annual paid claims dropped with a personal wellness coach. Studies also reveal that over 60 percent of employees in wellness programs began with major health issues and required a personal wellness coach. After working with wellness coach, hospital claims, prescription medications and emergency room claims dropped dramatically. Without a doubt, wellness program incentives with a wellness coach more than pay for themselves.

The key is getting employees to participate in their wellness. At Orriant, our personal wellness coaches evaluate the whole person, including social, mental, physical and emotional aspects of their lifestyle. We offer employees a variety of ways and effective strategies to help put them on a healthier path. Simple methods like taking the stairs instead of an elevator or engaging in sports instead of just watching them TV are suggested with an accountability attitude. Employees can choose their own plan for a path toward better health and actually are involved in the whole process. The end result is a healthier bottom line and a healthier workforce.

With the new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services laws quickly approaching, it's savvy for companies to connect with a wellness company that can assist them with staying in compliance. To learn more about Orriant, call us at 1-888-346-0990 or fill out our inquiry form at We'll evaluate your business and let you know all the ways you can lower your healthcare costs with our wellness programs.

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