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Go to the Healthy States Website, which provides information and resources on many public health issues. Be prepared to discuss.


1. Analyze the issues involved in controlling costs for disabled and chronically ill employees. Discuss two major challenges and recommend two strategies your agency will implement.

2. From the e-Activity and the information found in the textbook about health challenges and managers' responsibilities, recommend a resolution to the following scenario: Over the past 12 months, 10 employees in your agency of 200 employees have been diagnosed with chronic illnesses and this has caused the agency over $200,000 in costs related to insurance coverage, short- and long-term disability, sick leave, FMLA, and unpaid leave. Implementation of a comprehensive workplace health program would be ideal. However, to implement the program, the agency would have downsize (or lay off) at least 10% of the workforce and increase insurance costs for the remaining employees. Discuss at least one way to implement a health coverage program without downsizing or recommend a strategy the agency can implement to address a win-win for everyone.

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1. Analyze the issues involved in controlling costs for disabled and chronically ill employees. Discuss two major challenges and recommend two strategies your agency will implement.

Two of the major challenges in the U.S. that are driving up health care costs for disabled and chronically ill employees are better quality of healthcare and prescription drugs and longevity of life (1).
On the issue of better quality of healthcare and prescription drugs; Americans are living longer based on the advancements in healthcare technology and prescription drugs that have been created to help manage chronic illnesses and disabilities. So, to realize the benefit of this technology and the medications, people with disabilities and chronic illnesses are utilizing more and more of the scarce health care resources that exist. This is driving the costs of employee sponsored healthcare through the roof. Employers are seeing a drastic increase in the amount of employees who suffer from chronic illnesses and disabilities that require long term management, costly prescriptions, and care. Many of these employees are being diagnosed at much younger ages which mean even longer managed care will need to be given (1).

This is leading to the second major problem. With the advances in medical prescriptions and technology existing to help manage chronic illness and disability, more and more people are remaining in the workforce and their life expectancy continues to increase in the U.S. Along with this increase in the number of people working with chronic illness, the age at which employees are retiring is increasing as well (1).

So, this combination of having more ill employees working and reaming in the workforce for much longer periods of time is another crushing cost ...

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