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County looks at health insurance wellness program
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County employees may have a chance to save on health insurance premiums next year by participating in a wellness program aimed at reducing health insurance claims.

Rockdale's Board of Commissioners discussed adopting the resolution to provide the wellness program for employees during a work session held Tuesday, and an official vote could take place at the BOC meeting next Tuesday.

The program is designed to reduce healthcare premiums by identifying risk areas through a questionnaire and biometric screenings that could provide early detection and encourage lifestyle changes that will reduce medical expenses. By participating in the wellness program, employees would be eligible to receive premium credits in 2014.

Offering an incentive program would in turn "reduce the county's healthcare claims costs for the county," Commissioner Oz Nesbitt said during the work session Tuesday.

BOC members also heard a report on the county's 2012 audit, which revealed the county's general fund balance took a slight dip last year due to the tax digest, according to the audit prepared by Mauldin and Jenkins.