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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The city of Albany is moving ahead with plans to open a healthcare clinic for its employees.  Commissioners approved a three year contract today with Healthstat for $481,000 a year.

Currently, the city pays out just under one million a month in insurance claims.  They'd like to decrease that amount or at least hold it at that level.

The best way to do that is encourage employees to regularly go to the doctor and be screened and treated for chronic illnesses.  Finance Director Kris Newton said, "If we can maintain those health issues before they get to that point, then we not only have a healthy and happier workplace and workforce, but we've got less costs."

There is no co-payment for employees and spouses enrolled on the city's healthcare plan.

If they don't undergo initial wellness screenings and follow recommendations for better health however, they will be charged a $60 surcharge each month on their insurance premiums.

Commissioners haven't determined when or where the health clinic will be established.

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