The Greater Buffalo United Accountable Healthcare Network (GBUAHN) has furthered its dedication to improving the health of its employees by adopting a paid time off (PTO) policy for cancer screenings. The policy went into effect in September 2016.
Under the plan, GBUAHN employees are allowed to take paid time off for health services listed by their insurance company as “$0 copay preventive services.” The preventive services include cancer screenings for: breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer (for smokers of age 55), and prostate cancer. Employees may take a maximum of four hours of paid time off per year for the aforementioned cancer screenings.
The policy is part of GBUAHN’s “Workday Time for Wellness” initiative. It is promoted to employees via the GBUAHN Wellness Newsletter and on GBUAHN’s Yammer site - an internal social media platform that provides corporate employees with the ability to communicate privately.