Video: The System We Need

March 15, 2016

In February at the 2nd Annual State of the Union in Mental Health and Addiction, The Kennedy Forum released a video promoting a better system which incorporates mental health care. The state of the union in mental health and addiction in this country is one of great promise and almost unlimited potential. From legislation and regulation, to advocacy and organizing, together we are changing the conversation and making real progress.

We also know there is much more to do. We need to keep pushing ahead. We must push toward the system we need. The system we deserve. The system we, and millions of our fellow citizens, are waiting for. NEBGH is working with The Kennedy Forum on this critical issue.

Employee Benefits, Health Care Thought Leader and Strategist Michael Thompson Named National Business Coalition on Health CEO

February 29, 2016

Michael Thompson, a principal for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), has been offered and accepted the position of President and CEO of the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH). NBCH is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization whose members are local, regional and state-wide purchaser-led coalitions focused on health care and benefits. Through its 51 coalition members, NBCH reaches over 7,000 employers and approximately 35 million employees and their dependents in communities across the US.

Mayor de Blasio Announces Major Progress on Health Savings Initiative - Including First Significant Structural Changes to City's Health Plans in Decades

February 26, 2016

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced today a new, unprecedented agreement with the Municipal Labor Committee (MLC) that will result in the first significant changes to the City’s employee health plans in over 30 years, marking major progress toward the City and MLC’s commitment to $3.4 billion in guaranteed health care savings through FY2018 and $1.3 billion recurring every year after.  Working collaboratively with the City’s workforce, the administration undertook a data-driven approach to understanding and improving the employee health care system – resulting in significant, long sought-after changes that will benefit employee health and taxpayers alike.

When Wellness Programs Don't Work - Human Resource Executive Online

January 4, 2016

“Employers are always talking about ‘meeting employees where they are,’ ” says Jeannette Fuente, director of programming, New Jersey, at the Northeast Business Group on Health,

With respect to wellness, “that points to looking at your data in a way that informs what you offer, and helps you segment some of your population and figure out where they are in terms of their health,” she says. “Data can be used to understand employees’ health status, and to support evidence-based program planning by identifying health risks throughout the employee population,” says Fuente.

Employers and HR, for example, can identify conditions that have the greatest impact on health costs and productivity, she continues.

“This data can be used to inform benefit design decisions that support targeted and customized programs for employees,” adds Fuente, noting that some employers stratify their population as “risk,” “moderate risk” and “high risk” and customize wellness offerings accordingly.

“This can be a good start for employers, and can provide a baseline to measure programs against.”

Coping with Cancer - Human Resource Executive Online

November 16, 2015

“For people who have cancer, continuing to work makes them feel like they are normal, life is normal, and this is just something they are dealing with on the side,” says Laurel Pickering, president and CEO of the Northeast Business Group on Health in New York. “It’s really helpful because it helps them feel like their diagnosis is not as disruptive and tragic as it could be.”