Preventive health screenings save lives. Through screenings, the impact of many life-threatening conditions can be minimized if they are discovered earlier . Employees covered under The UPS Flexible Benefits Plan are eligible for free preventive screenings. This includes:
- Annual physicals
- Well-woman checkups
Despite these screenings being covered at 100 percent under The Plan, many UPS people were not taking advantage of this benefit.
Claims data from our insurance carriers Aetna and UnitedHealthcare showed that in some areas, as many as 60 percent of eligible women had not had a mammogram in the past two years. And of nearly 1,000 eligible UPSers, more than 81 percent had not had a colonoscopy in the past 10 years.
In addition to saving lives, preventive screenings save money. Illnesses and conditions caught in their early stages are much less expensive to treat. And long-term outcomes are much improved. As a self-insured company, holding down health care costs while improving the overall health of UPS people are key to keeping The Plan viable and sustainable.
Our theme, Be Your Hero, plays off the theme of super heroes coming to the rescue. Empowered and confident, they swoop in, solve problems, and save people from imminent danger. By taking charge and knowing the status of key health measures each of us can take appropriate action and Be Your Hero.