At PepsiCo, our greatest source of strength is our people, and providing them with access to high-quality, affordable care has always been a critical priority for our company. As the health care environment has evolved, we have transformed the portfolio of tools and resources we provide to our associates — enabling us to continue offering programs that help our people make the right health decisions for themselves and their families.
At a time when people are increasingly taking charge of their health, we have shifted to a more consumer-oriented approach in recent years — one that aims to educate, reduce complexity, and promote cost effectiveness in decision-making.
Our consumer-driven health plan incorporates new resources that enable more informed decision-making. In partnership with our medical plan carriers, we built an enhanced health advocacy program, Health ACE (“assist, connect and educate”), which provides a more personalized customer-service experience to help people manage their health. To date, the feedback from our associates about Health ACE has been extremely positive.
This year, we also introduced an online cost transparency tool to enable associates and their families to get the best value for their health care dollars. They can compare estimated fees for common procedures and treatments and review provider-quality information.
We also believe that an important part of healthy living is having easy access to care for routine medical matters, which is why we have more than 40 on-site clinics at our locations across the country, each providing free care to PepsiCo associates.
In addition to treatment, we recognize that a significant part of smart health care is prevention. PepsiCo addresses this vital area through a comprehensive wellness program that includes lifestyle, condition, and maternity management plans.
We believe that effective health care management requires partnership between our company and our people. Through the tools and programs we provide, PepsiCo is enabling our most important resource — our associates — to live better every day.