In crunching the numbers, Vanderburgh County Commissioners say rising healthcare costs are partly due to the health habits of county employees.
"Well, we are not a very healthy group unfortunately. The use of the ER room was rarely an emergency. It was usually a convenience. We have to realize that it's not a convenient way to take your children or you to go in when you've got a cold," Abell said.
"It affects me and everybody that works for the county who has this insurance. I mean, like I said having a small child, anything can happen and whenever you go from $100 to $500, that's a big increase," said Lori Samples, a county employee.
Nationwide Insurance companies say 50 to 75 percent of all claims are driven by bad health behaviors. Abell says that's why county workers will also gain access to the city's health and wellness clinic.
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