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Wash. Senate Seeks Incentives For Worker Wellness

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington state Senate wants to use financial incentives or penalties to encourage employees to meet wellness goals.

The Senate approved a measure Wednesday that would require health care plans for state employees to include a wellness program. The program would include financial incentives, including the possibility of higher premiums for those who don't meet their goals.

Sen. Majority Leader Rodney Tom says the measure is a way for the state to combat expensive health issues such as smoking or obesity. Other Democrats disliked the idea of using a mandate to encourage wellness.

The bill heads now to the state House.