Palmetto57’s Wellness Journey with Sapoznik Insurance

Palmetto57 is a premier source for cars in South Florida with an extensive selection of new and pre-owned vehicles for sale or lease. Providing excellent customer service was a breeze, but it was time to shift the focus to their employees. With the help of Sapoznik Insurance, an employee benefits agency with a passion for wellness, Palmetto57 embarked on a wellness journey. Just shy of one year, they are already reaping the benefits internally and externally; they recently won the Florida Worksite Wellness Awards and named a finalist for the South Florida Business Journal’s 2017 Healthiest Employers.

To Yvonne Samper, the Human Resources Director of Palemtto57, offering a workplace wellness progress was imperative. She believes no company can be successful without paying attention to the well-being of their employees.

While on a mission to reduce employee turnover and recruitment costs, Palmetto57 wanted to promote good health among its team members and create a positive work environment. By encouraging and fostering a healthy workforce, Palmetto57 can improve productivity, business performance, morale, employee engagement and more.

While the program is still in its infancy, Sapoznik and Palmetto57 established strong data points for high blood pressure which are now driving an entire “Lowering Blood Pressure” campaign. Currently, 70 employees suffer from high blood pressure, and it is Sapoznik and Palemtto57’s goal to cut that number drastically by this time next year.

As an example of early success with the wellness programs, a Palmetto57 manager has already lost 10 pounds, but more importantly, he was made aware of an issue with his high blood pressure. He now monitors it regularly and has stabilized his blood pressure by improving his eating habits, working out, and getting plenty of rest.

Sapoznik and Yvonne Samper, a company leader for wellness initiatives, have been instrumental in driving participation, encouraging employee engagement and fueling the success of the wellness program. It is unusual for companies, especially those in the auto industry, to have high participation in corporate wellness programs. Palmetto57 is an exception with team members lined up for every wellness event.

“We are excited to say that the program has yielded great results such as improvement in employee satisfaction, reduction in sick days, reduction of overall health insurance costs, and employee’s likelihood to recommend the program,” Yvonne Samper said. “We are excited to continue our wellness efforts and to enhance the program in the coming years. We are confident that we will be the poster child for workplace wellness in the future.”

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On May 4, 2017, members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-213 to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), after it had been amended several times. The AHCA is the proposed legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The AHCA needed 216 votes to pass in the House. Ultimately, it passed on a party-line vote, with 217 Republicans and no Democrats voting in favor of the legislation. The AHCA will only need a simple majority vote in the Senate to pass.

If it passes both the House and the Senate, the AHCA would then go to President Donald Trump to be signed into law.

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As of 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires most individual and small group health insurance plans, including plans sold on the Marketplace and Medicaid Alternative Benefit Plans, to cover mental health and substance abuse disorder services. This includes behavioral health treatment, counseling, and psychotherapy.

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