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Driving Innovation In the Health Care Marketplace:

A CEO Report

Day & Zimmermann

Day & Zimmermann is committed to the health and well-being of our employees and wants to make a difference in bettering their lives. As a company striving to protect our employees and their families, we are continuously driving the highest levels of performance with our health care offerings and wellness programs, bolstered by our relentless commitment to safety — our most important core value. 

Day & Zimmermann has been working over the past several years to raise employees’ awareness of the benefits of caring for themselves by taking preventive measures to stay healthy and safe, as opposed to waiting until they’ve become ill to seek treatment. To provide incentives, we have created a Wellness Council that focuses on issues ranging from mental health and stress management, to exercise and nutrition, to tobacco cessation. To get our employees exercising, we host an annual activity challenge — most recently, the “Mississippi River Challenge.” Employees walked the distance of the Mississippi River from Minnesota to New Orleans in just under two months using a pedometer to record steps. Day & Zimmermann also has a Safety Council, and has embedded safety so rigorously into the culture that any meeting an employee hosts must start off with a brief safety topic, ensuring that safety is top of mind. 

Looking ahead, Day & Zimmermann’s recent transition to self-funded medical plans is now producing claims-use data that is used to inform future focus areas for the Wellness Council. Based on their personal situations, employees can choose between PPOs and high-deductible plans. They also have the option of using public exchanges, and our plans have been aligned to the metallic levels of the exchanges so accurate comparisons can be made. We have also provided employees with a website — Your Coverage Resources™ — to help them identify applicable plans on the exchanges and estimate any subsidy for which they may be qualified. 

Ultimately, Day & Zimmermann’s goal is to continue to partner with health care providers to give our employees the valuable education, tools and programs that will make a difference in their health, wellness and safety and maintain measurable outcomes into the future. 

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BRT companies provide health coverage to more than 40 million Americans. We help American workers and their families remain healthy, receive quality treatment when necessary and achieve better health outcomes. The private-sector innovations in the insurance marketplace that enable us to provide these services to our employees and their families serve as models for public programs — but additional reforms are necessary.

This report highlights the innovations we have made and the public policy changes we believe would drive value by promoting health and improving outcomes.

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