More than a dozen states are offering incentives to Medicaid beneficiaries to quit smoking, lose weight and make other healthy lifestyle changes, according to USA Today. These state programs are taking a cue from workplace wellness programs in the private sector.
The programs potentially can save money for state Medicaid programs, the article notes. Medicaid enrollees are more likely to engage in unhealthy practices such as smoking. They are also less likely to get preventive care.
One recent report found financial incentives are effective at improving healthy behaviors, but the effect of the incentives may decrease over time, the newspaper notes.