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No Carrots for Federal Workers

No Carrots for Federal Workers

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

While health insurance premiums are slated to rise 8 percent on average for federal employees next year, those enrolled in the most popular federal plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Standard Option, face a 13 percent rate hike.

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Federal workers and families, meanwhile, will not be offered the financial incentives that the private sector is increasingly using to promote wellness and disease management, said Nancy Kichak, associate director of the Office of Personnel Management.

The federal government has a long history of offering health services on-site through the Federal Occupational Health program, said Bill Hall, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services. In the Washington area, 82 occupational health centers and 19 wellness centers offer immunizations, allergy shots and various preventive and work-related physical exams to federal employees.

-- Christopher J. Gearon


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