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Southwestern hosts state benefit fair

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Clifton Mitchell Clifton Mitchell
Elizabeth Young Elizabeth Young

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Maintaining affordable and reliable health insurance is a top priority for employees in any sector.

Thousands of state employees flocked to Thomasville Tuesday for a state health fair. "It is being held for employees of all the state agencies within this area to inform them of the benefit changes for the 2012 benefit year," said HR Manager Clifton Mitchell.

One of the changes is allowing employees to choose PeachCare for their kids. Health care representatives say this new plan will mean huge savings for employees. "This is the first opportunity they've actually had to hear the changes, the benefit changes. But I expect there will be some high points and also a couple of low points in terms of the changes being made," said Mitchell.

Body Fat Analysts were on hand today to give visitors the opportunity for a quick health screening. "It's been awesome. People have been surprised about how good their blood pressure is and they've been surprised, some of them have been surprised that their body fat isn't where they thought it was, but its good for people to be aware where they are health wise," said Analyst Elizabeth Young.

Southwestern State Hospital representatives say they encourage employees to take control of their health. "We are conducting biometric screenings for employees and this will allow them to earn credits that will offset some of their health insurance premiums and co-pays," said Mitchell.

The open enrollment period started this week and will continue until the first week of December. The changes take effect January 1st.

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