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August 13th, 2010
02:04 PM ET

Q & A: Quest and Ali

We've kicked off our new Q&A segment that gives you a chance to ask questions of Ali Velshi and Richard Quest each Thursday.

The first topic they tackled during our worldwide debut: the surging price of wheat and why it should matter to you.

Filed under: Ali Velshi • Q&A
August 13th, 2010
07:58 AM ET

Weight loss surgery for S.C. government workers

South Carolina lawmakers are looking to save money in the future by paying for 100 of their workers to undergo weight loss surgery according to The Post and Courier.

The state Budget and Control board voted yesterday to approve a $2.4 million pilot program that would pay for gastric bi-pass and Lap-Band surgery under the state health plan. Applications for the program are going to be accepted on a first come, first approved basis. The surgeries are planned to begin after Jan. 1 and patients will be monitored for 18 months to determine if this program will actually save the state money.

The state hopes that by helping their workers lose excess weight, they will also cut excess costs. Obesity contributes to many costly health issues like diabetes and asthma. Significant weight loss can reduce and even eliminate these problems.

Do you think the government should pay for its workers to have weight loss surgery? Share your comments below and Kyra will read some during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.

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