Few employers seem interested in taking advantage of the wellness incentives of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

That was one of the key findings of a study released Monday by Virgin HealthMiles and Workforce magazine. Nearly 10,000 employees at 1,308 workplaces participated in the survey, titled "The Business of Healthy Employees." Eighty percent of the companies surveyed offer health and wellness programs.

Only a quarter of the companies surveyed said they were planning to use wellness provisions of the PPACA to enhance employee health benefits programs — despite the fact that the law would allow employers to substantially increase the percentage of benefits represented by financial incentives.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.