Under the Kansas City Collaborative, participating employers saved nearly $11 million in direct health care costs by focusing on wellness.

The wellness initiative gave employees and their dependents access to better health information, reduced preventive care barriers, and helped them reduce health risks and attain earlier treatment for chronic diseases.

"The Kansas City Collaborative employers are to be commended for recognizing the importance of investing in the health and well-being of their employees and making benefit design decisions based on data," says Christine T. Wilson, MACHC president and CEO. "By implementing a value-based approach to health benefit design, this group of employers has been able to better address worker health and productivity while also lowering overall health care costs."

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