We previously reported that the State Health Plan has dropped its plans for conducting random cheek swabs of public employees. The change is most likely the result of intense public protest.
In announcing the change the State Health Plan insists on striking its usual condescending tone. The SHP sounds as if it’s letting children out of class early because they’ve behaved so well.
Read for yourself:
Dr. Jack Walker, executive administrator for the State Health Plan, reported Plan election statistics to the Committee on Employee Hospital and Medical Benefits (Legislative Oversight Committee) on May 5. Following the recent 2010 annual enrollment, approximately 20% of Plan members elected the 70/30 Plan, compared with only 6% in the current year. Previous statistics indicated that about 15% of Plan members are tobacco users. This new distribution is consistent with Plan forecasts. It also indicates that employees have been forthcoming in their responses during this enrollment and are, overall, in compliance with the requirements of the Comprehensive Wellness Initiative.
Therefore, Dr. Walker has recommended that random testing is unnecessary for this Plan year. The members of the Legislative Oversight Committee voted to accept Dr. Walker’s recommendation.
The SHP announcement adds, of course:
The Plan also reserves the right to conduct random testing in the next Plan Year, if enrollment statistics indicate the need to do so.
So you kids enjoy yourselves, but don’t get too wild or Dr. Jack will be back, swab in hand.