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Rich Blend

Integrated benefits help your employees--and your company.

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This story appears in the April 2006 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

You've got a great benefits package, including health insurance, a wellness program, and an employee assistance program, or EAP. You can improve it by integrating these benefits to keep your employees healthier and more productive--and save you money.

The idea, says Sean Fogarty, vice president of sales and marketing for VMC Behavioral Healthcare Services in Chicago, is to break the cycle of co-morbidity, which is when a person has one or more ailments on top of a primary disease or disorder, particularly when the additional conditions develop from the first. An example is when obesity leads to diabetes and heart disease: Deal with the obesity early, and the diabetes, heart disease and any resulting complications may be prevented.

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