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.
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