Fri., October 7, 2011 8:47am (EDT)

Panel Weighs State Health Plan Changes
By Associated Press
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA   —  
A state lawmaker panel says state employees disclosing activities upfront like motorcycle riding may help lower health care costs. (David Negstad)
A state lawmaker panel says state employees disclosing activities upfront like motorcycle riding may help lower health care costs. (David Negstad)
The chairman of a House study committee looking at Georgia's health benefit plan said the state might require employees to disclose dangerous activities like, skydiving and riding motorcycles.

State Representative Carl Rogers, a Gainesville Republican, said Thursday that the panel is looking to bring down skyrocketing costs in the state health plan. Earlier this year, lawmakers were forced to scramble to fill a $300 million budget hole for the health benefits.

The study committee is set to present findings to House leaders by December 1st.

Lawmakers heard testimony Thursday from experts in preventative care. They said programs which help employees get healthy can save $3 for every $1 spent by the state.

Rogers said state employees who take part in risky activities might eventually pay higher premiums.