Report: Safeway healthcare plan part of Senate debate

New York City Safeway’s employee health-insurance program is the model for a "wellness provision" in a healthcare reform bill that passed the Senate Finance Committee last week by an unusually bipartisan 18-4 vote. The provision, designed to "incentivize Americans to lead healthy lifestyles in order to lower their overall healthcare costs," would allow companies with self-insurance programs to reward employees with bonuses and/or premium reductions.

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