Workplace Wellness
Employees penalized for non-participation

About this project

Wellness programs have long been part of businesses’ strategy to create a healthier workforce and reduce doctor and hospital costs. But increasingly employers have been putting some bite into their wellness offerings. Unless employees agree to one or more wellness options, some businesses are significantly raising premiums and deductibles. Unions sometimes are buying that approach, too, but not all employees are on board.


New Version of Workplace Wellness Programs: Carrot or Stick?

Kimberley Macgregor, a bookkeeper at a Ralphs in Burbank, says it’s almost impossible to stay up to date on her health benefits. She flips through a glossy pamphlet which features an array of fruits and vegetables and a woman meditating.


Kelley Weiss

Broadcast reporter Kelley Weiss is based in our Sacramento office where she’s helping lead the center’s expansion into public broadcasting. Her stories have appeared on NPR, Marketplace, The World, KQED Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and World Vision Report. She’s produced series about the illegal sale of prescription drugs at swap meets and preventable patient deaths and money mismanagement in Missouri’s mental health system. She won a 2009 national Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting and has received several honors in the Association of Health Care Journalists awards competition. She was named a Livingston Finalist in 2011 for a multi-platform project about how tribal sovereignty makes it nearly impossible for mothers to collect child support. Weiss previously worked as a health care reporter at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and KCUR in Kansas City. Her work has also appeared in Reuters, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Center for Investigative Reporting. She’s completed a health reporting fellowship from the Association of Health Care Journalists and has a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

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