Structuring health and wellness plans to include incentives that encourage engagement has been a tricky proposition for plan designers. But the popularity of incentives has generally overcome legal concerns as employers seek plans that help employees stay healthy.

But how well do incentives work? A study from Cigna offers insight into the question.

Its study examined information from some 200,000 covered plan members, and tracked results based upon the behavior of those who did, and did not, participate in such basic wellness plan activities as biometric screenings.

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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.