MetLife Offers Integrated Disability and Wellness Solution

June 10, 2010 ( – MetLife has announced the availability of a new program designed to help companies engage employees in managing their health and potentially reduce the number and duration of disability-related absences.

Disability Health and Wellness Connection is offered at no additional cost to new and current group customers with 3,000 or more employees.  

MetLife noted that receipt of a disability claim can be an optimal time to make sure employees are aware of the employer’s programs that may help in their recovery and better manage their health for the long-term.  MetLife’s Disability Health and Wellness Connection works with employers’ current medical carriers, wellness providers, and disease management providers to improve employees’ understanding of wellness programs through education, and helps facilitate access to plan providers’ information for employees throughout the duration of a disability claim.   

Additionally, the program helps employers promote a healthier workforce by identifying trends and top drivers impacting absenteeism and health plan costs.   

According to the announcement, by promoting the use of employers’ existing employee assistance programs (EAPs), health and wellness programs, and disease management programs, MetLife’s Disability Health and Wellness Connection can assist employers in achieving their primary benefits objectives of controlling costs and improving employee productivity.   

“Employees with a disability-related illness or injury or who are living with a chronic health condition are among the highest users of an employer’s medical benefits – underscoring the importance of coordinating management of these claims to more effectively control costs and aid employees in their recovery,” said Paul Taylor, vice president, Group Disability Products, MetLife, in the announcement.