March 31, 2016

United States, New York

Mercer announces today that it has formed an alliance with Rethink Benefits to provide employers and their working parent workforce with tools and resources to care for children with developmental disabilities such as autism. This alliance brings together Mercer's world class health benefits consulting capabilities and market reach with Rethink's pioneering health technology and evidence-based clinical guidance platform.  

“One out of six children in the US is diagnosed with a developmental disability,[1]" said Dr. David Kaplan, Senior Partner and Leader of Mercer’s Health Innovation LABS. "Clearly, the problems surrounding support for our clients and their employees are real and growing. Parents raising children with developmental disabilities have greater levels of anxiety and depression, experience increased absenteeism and work limitations, and face up to twice the health care costs for their children. These issues go beyond the medical expenditures tied to treatment therapies and gaps in care and speak to the emotional and physical toll on working parents who want their children to be happy and healthy. Rethink’s program is a groundbreaking solution that can help our clients support their working parents and families.”

“It is an epidemic," agrees Daniel Etra, Rethink's Chief Executive Officer.  “The unprecedented increase in the number of children with developmental disabilities such as autism creates a significant and heavy burden on their working parents, and those unique challenges they face follow them into the workplace.  Rethink's scalable program helps corporations effectively and affordably support these employees, improving productivity and enhancing workplace culture. With Rethink, employers can also open the door to a community of experts and peers for employees who all too often feel they must struggle alone and in silence."

An award-winning, integrated, online family-support solution developed by nationally recognized experts in disability care, Rethink offers members access to a comprehensive video-based treatment program, sophisticated behavior intervention planning tools, training for caregivers, individualized assessments, online skills-based activities and access to remote, clinician-led consultation for personalized treatment guidance and care. Its robust case management and data analytics capabilities automatically generate data-based reports tracking all interactions, from caregiver utilization to individual progress. Prior to their formal alliance, Mercer and Rethink have worked together on a number of client engagements, ranging from small employers to Fortune 100 companies.

Mercer's alliance with Rethink represents one of the innovative solutions brought to market by its Health Innovation LABS team. The Mercer LABS team continuously researches the health care landscape to evaluate emerging trends and identify promising solutions. The LABS team engages with state-of-the-art companies like Rethink to accelerate the development of their ideas and test them with forward-thinking employers.  The work helps employers navigate the rapidly changing healthcare environment, launch clinically-impactful programs and improve the health of their employees and families.

To learn more, please join Mercer and Rethink on April 19th, from 1:00 to 1:45 PM EST for a special Autism Awareness Month themed webinar event that asks: “Are you doing enough to support your employees who are caring for a child with special needs?” – hosted by Rethink’s clinical expert and Board Certified Behavior Analyst Dr. Patricia Wright and Mercer’s Dr. David Kaplan, Pediatrician, Senior Partner and leader of the Mercer Health Innovation LABS.  The webinar will cover:

·         How to think about childhood developmental diseases and its impact on a company

·         The life-long impact on employees who are caring for a child with special needs

·         De-stigmatizing care and increasing awareness

·         Delivering innovative solutions to holistically supporting this growing need

Register here:

About Mercer

Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments. Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth and performance of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer’s more than 20,000 employees are based in 43 countries and the firm operates in over 140 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With 60,000 employees worldwide and annual revenue exceeding $13 billion, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, a global leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter, a leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; and Oliver Wyman, a leader in management consulting. For more information, visit Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer.

About Rethink

Rethink is a leading global health technology provider of research-based resources and tools to inspire and empower individuals with developmental disabilities and those who support them. Developed by nationally recognized experts in the field, Rethink’s award-winning online solution features a comprehensive video-based treatment program, sophisticated behavior intervention planning tools, training for caregivers, individualized assessments, and online skills-based activities for individuals tied to the program.  Access to remote clinician-led consultations offers personalized treatment guidance and care support, and automatically generated data-based reports that track everything from caregiver utilization to individual progress offer robust case management and data analytics capabilities.  The Rethink platform is used by Fortune 500 companies, school districts, government agencies, public and private behavioral health providers, and families caring for individuals with developmental disabilities worldwide.  For more information, visit




[1] CDC Developmental Disabilities Trends Report, 2015  Ganz, M. L. (2007). The lifetime distribution of the incremental societal costs of autism. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 161, 343-349.