Wellness program OK’d for workers | NevadaAppeal.com

Wellness program OK’d for workers

(AP) – A Nevada legislative panel has approved a wellness program to try to keep government workers and their dependents healthy while reducing costs.

Officers with the state Public Employees’ Benefits Program told the Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee on Thursday that a Florida company, U.S. Preventative Medicine, has been hired to begin the program July 1.

The benefit system will use $2.1 million in its reserves and another $1.1 million in increased premiums to fund the program.

Some lawmakers, however, questioned whether such programs work or are cost effective.