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W-2 This form is used to report a person's income to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Weekly benefit This is the amount of money an employee can get while out of work on disability. It is the amount they get each week. It is subject to the terms of the insurance policy or plan document for the group short-term disability plan. Fully insured companies use the policy. Self-insured companies use the plan document.
Well baby care This is the routine care a child needs through the age of eight. It includes checkups, tests and shots.
Well child care See “Well baby care.”
Well woman care This is the regular care a woman needs. It includes checkups with the Ob/Gyn and regular pregnancy care.
Wellness programs These programs try and help people stay healthy. They may include ways to prevent disease, stay fit and care for one’s own health. They show people how to take up healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Work adjustment This can help workers improve their skills and attitude on the job. Workers may get formal counseling. Or they are supervised while doing job tasks in a rehabilitation center. This is often used with workers who have not worked for a long time. It is also used with people who have learning or psychiatric problems.
Work hardening Workers enter this program after physical therapy but before they return to work. They stay in it for two or four weeks. It helps improve physical abilities by using actual work tasks. Workers can start this program only if they are motivated and ready to return to work. A job must also be available for them. The job must be open so they do not lose the skills and abilities gained during this program.
Workers' compensation This covers workers when they are hurt on the job. These workers receive pay for medical costs and disability pay under this law. It is available in all 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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