- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The city of Cheyenne is scrapping an unpopular wellness program designed to encourage employees to stay healthy or face higher insurance premiums.

The City Council voted Monday to scrap the 3-year-old program, despite objections from the city human resources director, who says it’s working.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Tuesday (https://tinyurl.com/mmoety2 ) the program required employees to meet with wellness coaches, attended classes on such topics as exercise and nutrition, complete an online health risk appraisal and get a blood screening.

Employees who opted out or failed to complete the program risked having their insurance premiums increase by up to 100 percent.

Councilwoman Annette Williams called that unfair.

Councilman Jim Brown says the program had good intentions but that the anxiety it created outweighed the benefits.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, https://www.wyomingnews.com

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