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WG&L employees to undergo heart screening

October 27, 2005

Albany -- Albany and Dougherty County leaders hope a new health care program will save lives and money.

Insurance premiums and rising health care cost dip deep into the pockets of employees with Water, Gas, and Light, the city of Albany and Dougherty County.

Thursday, WG&L commissioners agree to implement the a Cardiovascular Screening program. All employees would be screened and put into one of three categories depending on their risk for heart problems.

The healthiest employees would pay the least for insurance. Those with a moderate risk could go through an eight week program to improve their health. Employees with a history of heart problems and those with the highest risk would pay the more for health insurance.

"If we could do preventative measures prior to an onset of cardiovascular problem it would not only help save lives, but also money," said WG&L Human Services Supervisor Carolyn Easterwood. "That's more money going back into our plans so we won't have to raise premiums of our employees."

The city and county also are discussing the cardiovascular program. Last year insurance cost American companies $1.4 trillion, with workers paying an average of $5,800 for insurance annually.

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