Health care costs continue to rise abruptly, causing many employers to reconsider their benefits packages. In fact, Lynchburg, Virginia’s Delta Star’s health care costs have shot up by 10 percent annually over the past four years, and are speculated to double within seven years. Instead of slashing budgets and cutting benefits for employees, this local company is enhancing its employee health care program.
The company’s new initiative costs over $13,300 per month and will provide employees with:
- A two-year direct primary care benefits package with Collaborative Health Partners of Virginia
- Their existing medical insurance coverage, which includes access to the urgent care clinic that Delta Star and Babcock & Wilcox have jointly offered their employees since 2012
So far, 178 Delta Star employees and spouses have enrolled in the program. Collaborative Health Partners of Virginia, a Lynchburg-based health care management company, launched its direct primary care plan last year, and Delta Star was the first company to sign up.
“Healthy employees are happy employees,” Steven Jones, Delta Star’s chief financial officer, told the News and Advance. “If we have healthy employees, our absentee [rate] goes down.”
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