As the nation’s largest pharmacy health care provider, CVS Health is committed to helping people on their path to better health, including our 200,000 colleagues nationwide. Through our “myPlan for Health” program, we are helping our employees to be as healthy as they can.
One in two Americans lives with at least one chronic condition, such as diabetes, coronary artery disease and hypertension. Common behaviors – such as poor diet, physical inactivity, smoking, and lack of health awareness – often drive these chronic conditions. At CVS Health, we have developed an innovative plan that aims to address some of these behaviors and lead to healthier outcomes among our employees.
“myPlan for Health” combines an evolving, best-practice approach to health coverage with preventive care and wellness programs. The benefits program provides our colleagues with choices to help them take more responsibility for their own health. CVS Health is one of many companies encouraging employees to take control of their health. According to a survey by Aon Hewitt, almost 40 percent of organizations expect to begin requiring employees to take a more active role in their health within the next three- to-five years, by offering them a combination of plan options and initiatives designed to improve health and reduce costs.
We are continuing to evolve our program by maximizing the impact of our health care investments through a transition to Health Savings Plans (HSP) with Health Savings Accounts (HSA) in 2014 that empower our colleagues to be true consumers of health care by leveraging expanded access to information and decision support tools to make more informed choices. CVS Health provides our colleagues with quarterly HSA contributions based on salary - the lower the salary, the higher the contribution - and we are applying innovative benefit design that focuses on preventive medications.
Additionally, as part of “myPlan for Health,” we ask our employees to complete an annual health risk assessment and health screening. By learning their blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose numbers as well as any future risks not yet apparent, our colleagues are empowered to work toward healthy changes. We also offer a wide array of programs to help them maintain or improve their health. From online educational programs and team-based walking programs, to smoking cessation and weight management programs, to healthier dining options in our campus cafeterias, we are arming our colleagues with the tools they need to help themselves get and stay healthy.