2015 Bright Idea
Winners:
City of Batavia, NY
2015
Publication:
Innovations in American Government Awards
Jurisdiction:
New York

In 2009, the city of Batavia made a complete shift in the way it looked at health insurance. A new wellness program focuses on influencing employee behavior and preventative care, minimizing the development of serious health conditions that ultimately lead to higher health care costs. Employees and spouses who participate in the program and achieve and exceed identified results have the opportunity to earn credits to either reduce their health-care contribution or lower their out-of-pocket deductible. The overall goals of the program is to drive preventative utilization, reduce the number and severity of claims, and reduce health-care costs.