MetLife has launched a new program, Disability Health and Wellness Connection, designed to help companies engage employees in managing their health and reduce number and duration of disability-related absences.

According to MetLife, the new program will be offered at no additional cost to new and current group customers with around 3,000 employees.

The company said that by using employers’ existing employee assistance programs (EAPs), health and wellness programs and disease management programs, its new program will assist employers to achieve primary benefits objectives of controlling costs and enhancing employee productivity.

Paul Taylor, VP of group disability products at MetLife, said: “Since employees experiencing a serious medical situation typically have heightened receptivity to health and wellness information and programs that can improve their circumstances, the MetLife Disability Health and Wellness Connection helps employers leverage this timing and give employees access to the additional assistance they need.”