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Checking Up On Health: October 2, 2012

  Benita Dodd, Vice President, Georgia Public Policy Foundation Health Policy Briefs Compiled by Benita M. Dodd “Presenteeism”? Sick workers cost the nation $576 billion in lost productivity every year, Joanne Sammer reports in Businessfinancemag.com, citing the non-profit Integrated Benefits Institute. There’s $117 billion for wage replacement, including incidental absence due to illness, workers’ compensation, short-term disability and long-term disability. There’s another $232 billion for medical and pharmacy costs, including workers’ compensation, employee group health medical treatments, employee group health pharmacy treatments. And there’s $227 billion in lost productivity from absence due to illness and presenteeism (being at work but not performing at the usual level because of illness or poor health). Wellness programs paying off for employers: View Article

The Foundation’s Criminal Justice Initiative pushed the problems to the forefront, proposed practical solutions, brought in leaders from other states to share examples, and created this nonpartisan opportunity. (At the signing of the 2012 Criminal Justice Reform bill.)

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