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Dallas employers team up to change health care benefits

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Nine employers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area have teamed to align their health benefits so they are more “value-based” and encourage employees to adopt healthier lifestyles.

Part of a national initiative known regionally as the Texas Health Strategy Project, the effort aims to give workers easier access to high quality, evidence-based and cost-effective health care by reducing barriers to essential services. Example: The employers will waive co-pays.

Participating businesses say the data generated by the project will help them promote employee wellness and prevention, manage long-term health care costs and improve the health of employees and their families.

Participating companies are Archon Group, Brinker International, Energy Future Holdings, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Haggar Clothing Co., Interstate Batteries, Triumph Aerostructures and the cities of McKinney and Mesquite.

The project’s director, Marianne Fazen, notes that employers have a lot of influence over employees when it comes to choosing healthy lifestyles. She says the collaboration will improve chronic care in the area.

Contact: Marianne Fazen at (214) 382-3036.

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