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Three-year study shows offering incentives increases engagement, improves health outcomes and lower total medical costs
BLOOMFIELD, Conn., 29 October, 2019 – A new study released today shows that Cigna’s health engagement incentive programs improve health outcomes and lower total medical costs an average of 10 percent. These findings are based on the results of a three-year study of more than 210,000 customers enrolled in 28 employer-sponsored plans. For customers living with two or more chronic conditions, like heart disease and diabetes, the total medical cost savings were even greater – an average of 13 percent.
[…] The study sought to understand the impact of financial incentives in motivating individuals to take actions that would benefit their overall health. The analysis compared Cigna-administered health plans that offered financial incentives with their health engagement programs to plans that offered engagement programs without incentives.
[…] In addition to reduced total medical costs for the employer, Cigna customers with access to health engagement incentive programs demonstrated increased involvement in their health. For example, the study observed that customers were:
- Twice as likely to set a health coaching goal;
- Twice as likely to achieve a health coaching goal; and
- 30 percent more likely to complete their biometric screening.
Customers also demonstrated improved health outcomes across biometric indicators, including:
- Six times more likely to meet the body mass index (BMI) target of <30 kg/m2
- Five times more likely to meet the blood pressure target of <90/140 mmHg
- 45 percent more likely to meet the cholesterol target of <240 mg/dL
- 30 percent more likely to meet the blood glucose target of <100 mg/dL (fasting) or 140 mg/dL (random)
[…] The Cigna study demonstrates the impact of incentives to drive health engagement. Customers earn financial rewards by completing activities such as a preventive exam with their primary care physician or working with a coach to set and achieve health goals. An example included in this study is an employer that offers $500 in premium contribution for meeting a Body Mass Index goal of 30 or less and a total cholesterol level of less than 240. […]
ROCKVILLE, MD — Goodwill Industries International and Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, are expanding a successful program that provides digital skills training to U.S. workers. The Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator, is designed to meet a range of needs — from basic keyboarding to advanced computer programming — to sharpen the digital skills of today’s workers and provide the necessary training that are specific to entry- and mid-level occupations. First announced in October 2017, the program is part of the Grow with Google initiative to create economic opportunities for all Americans. In the next year, the joint program will grow from 93 locations in 34 states to 126 locations nationwide.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are more than seven million job openings in the United States, and advanced skills such as computer support or programming are increasingly essential for well-paying, in-demand careers for diverse populations across the country.
One year into a three-year, 10 million-dollar commitment from Google.org, the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator has already helped more than a quarter million job seekers improve their digital skills awareness and connected nearly 30,000 job seekers and career advancers with employment. The program trains workers in a variety of skills relevant in today’s digital workplace, from social media to programming and network support, so that workers can keep their skills current in today’s rapidly shifting labor market.
[…] Part of the success of the Goodwill Digital Career Accelerator is fueled by Google.org’s commitment to provide 1,000 Google volunteers as trainers and mentors. To date, 200 volunteers have already helped to build workers’ digital skills. Additionally, seven Google.org Fellows are embedded full-time at Goodwill locations across the country.
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A website that reviews security-related devices and systems has come out with a ranking of Arizona’s safest cities, determining the place known for housing some of the state’s most violent convicts is also the safest place to live.
Florence, with a population of about 25,000 about 60 miles southeast of Phoenix in Pinal County, topped the list provided by Security Baron, based on the most recent available FBI crime data.
[…] The lowest rated community was Tolleson, with a safety score of 10.22. Tolleson borders Phoenix in the southwest Valley. It has a population of 7,289 with a violent crime rate of 9.33 per 1,000 people.
Phoenix, with about 1.6 million residents, comes in at number 40 on the list. The analysis says 7.61 violent crimes are committed per every 1,000 citizens in Phoenix, and 36.71 property crimes are committed per every 1,000 citizens. Its overall score was 60.23.
Tempe came in right behind at 41, with an overall score of 59.62, followed by Glendale at 42, with a 56.61 score.
Most of the top 10 safest, like Florence, are smaller communities, with Gilbert, a town with about 242,000 residents in the southeast Valley, at No. 8, tallying an 81.81 overall score.
[…] Tucson, Arizona’s second most populated city, ranked 46 with a safety score of 48.57.
Among other Valley cities, Buckeye ranked 11th, Surprise 12th, Peoria 14th, Scottsdale 15th, Apache Junction 19th, Chandler 20th, Mesa 21st, Goodyear 27th and Avondale 37th.
Other Arizona communities that ranked among the safest after Florence were Sahuarita, Somerton, Eagar, Oro Valley, Maricopa, Paradise Valley, Thatcher and San Luis.
Joining Tolleson in the bottom were Globe and Winslow, with safety scores in the 20s.
Arizona Daily Star
PHOENIX — An initiative being launched today seeks to limit candidates’ access to private cash and encourage them to instead run for office with public financing.
The proposal being advanced by the Arizona Advocacy Network, if it qualifies for the ballot and is approved by voters, would sharply cut the amount of money any individual or political action committee could give to anyone running for office. But it also would provide more public dollars for those who agree not to take private funds.
[…] Backers need 237,645 valid signatures on petitions by July 2 to put the issue on the 2020 ballot.
The measure is likely to draw stiff opposition from business interests, notably the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It not only fought the 1998 voter-approved law creating the Citizens Clean Elections Commission but also filed multiple lawsuits to have it declared illegal.
Chamber spokesman Garrick Taylor said he hasn’t seen the language of the initiative. But he said his organization opposes any measure to either increase funds for candidates running with public dollars or decrease the amount individuals and PACS can give others.
On the former point, Taylor noted that the Clean Elections system is financed largely by a 10 percent surcharge on all civil, criminal and traffic fines. […]
By narrow margins, Arizonans don’t approve of President Donald Trump’s job in office, but don’t want him impeached, either, a new poll finds.
The same poll of registered voters, conducted last weekend by Emerson College, finds Democrat Mark Kelly leading incumbent Republican Sen. Martha McSally by 1 percentage point.
The poll helps explain why both parties view Arizona as a potentially crucial battleground next year for the White House and for control of the U.S. Senate.
Half of those surveyed disapproved of Trump’s job in office; 45% approved. The numbers were nearly identical in opposing impeachment, with half not supporting it and 44% saying they did.
Trump’s net negative approval rating in Arizona is in line with similar polling by others. Morning Consult, for example, found that more registered voters disapproved of Trump than approved of him.
[…] The poll involved 901 Arizona voters contacted by machine on landline phones and online. It was weighted by age, race and region to mirror 2016 turnout levels in Arizona. The political website FiveThirtyEight rates Emerson a B+ for its polling quality.