PEBB enrollment, HEM, obesity, health
Lovely day to do your PEBB enrollment. The online system is pretty painless. Think about signing up for a health savings account, because last year's changes increased co-pays and deductibles and you want to pay those with non-taxed income. The new twist to the Health Engagement Model: they give you a lump sum and take it away if you don't do exercise or weight loss classes. While Kitzhaber's HEM sounds like a good idea for controlling health costs, the data are not encouraging. The NYT just reported that a major study of the effect of diet and exercise interventions on heart disease, with random assignment and an 11-year-panel of 5,145 people (obese diabetics) couldn't find any benefits. The treatment group lost weight, but there was no health improvement. 10/20/2012.