…to the site for employers to share and learn about providing better health care for employees at better costs.

Results of EmployersLikeMe Quick Poll – Domestic Partner Coverage

Thanks to everyone who participated, we had responses totaling 51 companies!

1.  What does your Company currently offer with regard to Domestic Partner (DP) coverage?

6%   – Same sex Domestic Partner coverage only
1%  – Opposite sex Domestic Partner coverage only
12% – Both same sex and opposite sex Domestic Partner coverage
80% – Domestic Partners not covered

2.  Are you considering a change to eliminate DP coverage and only cover legally married spouses?

23% –  No
65% – Yes Jan 1, 2016
0%  –  Yes, Jan 1, 2017
5%    –  Yes but not sure of timing

3.  What are your main considerations in this decision?

  • Discrimination claims
  • Look at additional costs
  • Leadership sign off on plan changes
  • Faith based decision
  • Will simplify administration now that anyone can get married
  • Cost, precedents, legal obligations

Smoking Cessation Resources

In our discussions around the state it’s evident that many employers struggle with smoking and tobacco cessation. EmployersLikeMe recently had discussions with our friend Scott Harbin at Pfizer about employer resources for smoking cessation.  Scott was nice enough to share several resources.

Go to our Resource tab and then look in the “Smoking Cessation” section.  We have several white papers by Milliman and there’s a slide deck on a very neat cessation app called Plan Q.  The Plan Q app is free and it is meant to augment your other programs.  If you have any interest in Plan Q  please contact Scott at moc.rezifpnull@nibrah.s.w

EmployersLikeMe Summit a Success at Mohawk Industries

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany thanks to our speakers, moderators and participants for a successful Employer Healthcare Summit on April 22nd.  And a very special thanks to our host Phil Brown and his wonderful team at Mohawk Industries especially Kimberlee Johns and Adrienne Bowen.   I’ve worked with lots of folks to host events and I can honestly say that the Mohawk team was the most gracious and most professional ever!



One of the day’s highlights was Phil Brown describing their journey for better health at Mohawk.  If you missed it we have a copy of Phil’s presentation here.

Summit Rescheduled!

New Date Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Hosted by Mohawk Industries
160 South Industrial Blvd. Calhoun, GA.

Your previous registration is good but if you cannot attend new date consider sending someone else from your company or contact Don for a refund.

This is meant to be a smaller group setting with lots of interaction and sharing.  We still have a few seats available so please register quickly if you haven’t done so already.

You can register at:  ELM Summit Registration

EmployersLikeMe Wellness Survey Results – January 2015

We helped the Georgia Department of Public Health pilot a wellness survey last fall with our network members.  The results can be seen here:  DPH/EmpLikeMe Wellness Survey

The whole concept of wellness and wellbeing will be a hot topic at our Summit next week in Calhoun:

  1. Charles Bartlett, Executive Chef for Southwire will discuss engaging employees through your food service.
  2. Marian Chase, Senior Manager, Benefits for Newell Rubbermaid, will talk about their new emphasis on establishing that primary care relationship.
  3. Diana Gendusa, Benefits Director for Mohawk, will discuss Mohawk’s experience and many programs around employee engagement.
  4. Mark Wilson, Associate Dean and Director, Workplace Health Group at UGA’s College of Public Health, will discuss the new directions that companies are going for employee engagement.

To register for the Feb. 18th Summit go to:  Summit Registration

Community Health Data Resources

EmployersLikeMe has been sharing data about employers communities as we travel around the state and many have requested access to the data resources.  With the help of Gary Rost of the Savannah Business Group we have posted these in our Resources section.

Follow this link to go directly there:  Community Health Data Resources

EmployersLikeMe Summit

Winning Together:  Engagement Strategies for Employee Health and Wellness

When:  Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Where:   Mohawk Conference Center at Mohawk Industries in Calhoun, GA
Registration Link:  EmpLikeMe Summit Registration

Come and participate in discussions with your employer colleagues about engagement to make a difference with your health and the health and wellness of your employees.

The Summit agenda is meant to provide you with lots of practical information from colleagues who’ve tackled these different topics.  We want you to come away with a great to-do list that can transform you and your employee’s health.

Topics will include discussions about engagement with:

  • Yourself
  • Your employees
  • Your C-Suite leadership team
  • Your local community
  • Your Federal government

For detailed agenda click here.  And contact Don Betts at ude.hcetagnull@stteb or (912) 381-9003 for further information.

Come join the discussion and collaboration!

Employee Advocacy for Navigating the Healthcare World

Many of you remember at our last EmployersLikeMe network meeting in Douglas we had the pleasure of meeting Cindi Gatton. Cindi shared with us the world of advocacy and taught us a new phrase “patient activation.” We have several Georgia employers who use patient advocates for their employee’s more challenging health issues. The Atlanta Journal Constitution just did a nice piece on how this works and featured Cindi: Patients getting outside advice

Employer Healthcare Summit

On Wednesday, February 18th Mohawk Industries will host the next EmployersLikeMe Summit at their headquarters office in Calhoun, GA.

Registration will be limited so please save the date and registration info will be sent to our Employer network soon.

We have several ideas about topics for the Summit but we’d like to give you a chance for input.  Take a moment and take our one question survey at:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/elmsummitfeb2015

Will Employers Favor Private Exchanges Over Coverage Sponsorship?

Interesting observations from our friends at the National Business Coalition on Health:

NBCH Newsletter

Will Employers Favor Private Exchanges Over Coverage Sponsorship?

Posted: 18 Oct 2014 03:38 AM PDT

Originally posted 10/17/14 on The Health Affairs Blog

By Brian Klepper

Over the past couple years, health care exchanges probably have consumed more of corporate benefits managers’ time and psychic energy than any other topic. An outstanding question is whether the rank and file of American businesses will drop the hassle that employer-sponsored coverage represents, or default to private exchanges. [Read more…]