Reform Alert - News from the Blues' Office of National Health Reform

Federal grants available to help support workplace health programs

July 21, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services has released $10 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund to develop workplace health programs. These programs are intended to promote overall health and reduce risk factors for long-term diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. 

Recipients of this money will create and support a national network of employer-run health programs for small and large businesses. These programs will include: 

  • Tobacco-free campus policies 
  • Health risk assessments 
  • Lifestyle counseling and coaching 
  • Flextime to promote physical activity during the workday 
  • Healthy food options in cafeterias and vending machines 

The application deadline for this grant is Aug. 8, 2011.

Click here for more information on how to apply.

The information on this website is based on BCBSM's review of the national health care reform legislation and is not intended to impart legal advice. Interpretations of the reform legislation vary, and efforts will be made to present and update accurate information. This overview is intended as an educational tool only and does not replace a more rigorous review of the law's applicability to individual circumstances and attendant legal counsel and should not be relied upon as legal or compliance advice. Analysis is ongoing and additional guidance is also anticipated from the Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, some reform regulations may differ for particular members enrolled in certain programs such as the Federal Employee Program, and those members are encouraged to consult with their benefit administrators for specific details.