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Today, AARP CEO Bill Novelli, Business Roundtable President John Castellani, SEIU President Andy Stern and NFIB President and CEO Todd Stottlemyer announced that their organizations – which collectively represent more than 53 million Americans and together make up Divided We Fail – would be pushing for a new bill that gives business a tax credit if they provide their employees tools to get and stay healthy.
The legislation is called the “Healthy Workforce Act: and was introduced today by the bipartisan team of Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Gordon Smith (R-OR). If passed, the law would give the credit to business that offered programs containing at least three of the following elements:
* Health awareness/education – including assessments and preventive screenings;
* Behavioral change – including counseling, seminars or self-help materials;
* Supportive environment– including health premium reductions or daytime exercise options; and
* Employee engagement– to tailor the program to the needs of the company’s workforce
To learn more, visit www.dividedwefail.org.