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Driving Innovation In the Health Care Marketplace:

A CEO Report

Ingersoll Rand plc

At Ingersoll Rand, we believe engaged and empowered employees inspire progress and create a winning culture: an environment where people collaborate, develop, excel and take pride in our company. Our employees’ health and well-being is fundamental to that winning culture. Healthier employees are more productive, absent less from work and experience fewer workplace accidents. Moreover, employee wellness contributes to more sustainable engagement and higher levels of performance. 

As a foundation, Ingersoll Rand partners with national and local carriers to provide a comprehensive medical offering to employees and their families. The predominant choice is a consumer-driven health plan, which combines medical coverage with a health savings account and our cornerstone wellness program, Health Progress. 

Health Progress is designed to improve the health status of our employees, strengthening our competitiveness through increased productivity and decreased health care risks. Launched in 2009, Health Progress provides a personalized, holistic approach to health and wellness through a range of solutions: an annual biometric health screening, an online health questionnaire, customized well-being plans, telephonic wellness coaching, condition management programs, and fitness and nutrition support. 

The company offers meaningful financial incentives tied to Health Progress participation, encouraging individuals to take ownership of developing healthy habits. For example, as employees track fitness milestones online, they earn points, redeemable for financial rewards or company contributions to employees’ health savings plans. 

Participation in the Health Progress programs continues to increase. In 2013, 90 percent of employees enrolled in the consumer-driven health plan completed the biometric health screening and the online well-being assessment. Another indicator of the program’s success is the level of grassroots involvement. Health Progress takes many localized forms, such as health and wellness speakers, stress management classes and walking clubs. The spirit of the program is ingrained in the organization’s culture. 

In the 2012–13 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the largest assessment of its kind, Ingersoll Rand scored 72.5, which surpasses both the national average and the manufacturing industry average. Employee data across six domains, including physical health, emotional health and work environment, provides an external benchmark for our health programs and additional insight to improve our future offerings. 

In 2014, we will introduce a cost-transparency tool to help participants make informed choices. With the right tools and personalized support, employees and their families are motivated to take steps to improve health and well-being. These programs demonstrate our steadfast commitment to employee health, employee engagement and a winning culture at Ingersoll Rand. 


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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.