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Guardian Survey: Despite Perceived Effectiveness, Most Employees Who Participate in Wellness Programs Do Not Stay Committed
Date:3/31/2008

ee years. Those with at least some college are more likely to favor health insurance covering complementary alternative medicine techniques.

Alternative techniques or practices that employees believe should be covered by insurance:
-- Chiropractic - 72%

-- Nutritional counseling - 71%

-- Acupuncture - 57%

-- Herbalism/Botanical Medicine - 49%

-- Homeopathy - 45%

-- Reflexology - 41%

-- Personal Training - 41%

-- Osteopathy - 40%

-- Yoga - 39%

-- Pilates - 31%

Guardian -- which has long covered chiropractic and acupuncture in its health plans -- gives plan participants access to complementary alternative therapies, including yoga, Pilates, tai chi, massage, nutritional counseling, homeopathy, hypnotherapy and holistic medicine. Guardian provides discounts in partnership with Healthways WholeHealth Networks. Participants receive up to a 30% discount at more than 36,000 providers nationwide. Employees can use their flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts to pay for certain treatments.

"Employees often pay for these procedures out-of-pocket and value insurance plans that offer either full coverage, or discounts on procedures that can complement traditional medical care," said, Susan O'Connor, RN, assistant vice president, Group Medical at Guardian. "Giving employees access to complementary alternative medicine services as part of a wellness plan is about providing them with more individual choice. More employees will become engaged in a wellness plan that is focused on improving their own health if employers respect their individuality in building that plan."

About The Study

The telephone survey conducted on October 2007 consisted of 473 individuals who were at least 18 years of age and said that they were employed either full or part time. The margin of error was plus or minus 6.4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

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