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Posted October 18, 2012

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More than 10,500 Employees, Spouses Participate in Health Screenings

Nearly 90 percent of those who have health insurance through APS participated in this year's biometric screenings, saving themselves up to $40 a month in health care premiums.

More than 10,500 APS employees and their spouses/domestic partners who have medical insurance through the district participated in health screenings during the past couple of months, saving themselves up to $40 a month on health care premiums beginning in January.

The biometric screenings were conducted at schools and worksites as part of an effort by APS to keep down health care costs. The screenings provided individuals with a detailed assessment of basic health indicators including blood pressure, Body Mass Index, cholesterol, blood glucose and pulse/heart rate.

This school year, employees insured through APS also were asked to complete a comprehensive, online health risk assessment that included information, tips and links for staying healthy.

“Knowing your numbers and then assessing your risks are important steps in understanding how to make smart decisions about your health,” said Vera Dallas, director of APS Employee Benefits. “We recognize that a healthy work force not only keeps down medical costs for the district and its employees, but also has benefits in the classroom and workplace.”

Though the screenings and surveys were voluntary, those who complete both by the Sept. 30 deadline will keep their health care premiums from increasing $20 a month for individuals or $40 a month for employees with spouses/domestic partners in the new plan year effective Jan. 1.
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