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Appropriation Breakdown

 

 

 

Health Screening Division;

$3,083,308[29]

$145,008 from GF/GP

Health Awareness Division

 

$2,938,300 from Special Revenue Funds

Program Description:

These programs are aimed at ensuring that Michigan civil servants are in adequate physical health to perform their duties. They attempt to attain this goal via a comprehensive polling system and medical testing. For example, in 1994 the Health Screening Division “administered 5,454 Health Risk Appraisal Questionaires to assist clients [state employees] in the identification of lifestyle health risk factors. To address the most common lifestyle health risk factors identified by this instrument, division staff focused education reading materials accordingly.”[30] Also in 1994, the Health Awareness Division “conducted the ‘Six Weeks to Wellness’ risk reduction program, with 7,626 individual participants, representing 215 worksites.”[31]

Recommended Action:

There is no Constitutional authority for this program, and it should be eliminated. State employees should be responsible for seeking out and paying for their own personal health information, such as through their health insurance, not have it provided by a department of state government.

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Employee Benefits & Health Services

$2,187,776[32]

Special Revenue Funds and GF/GP

Program Description:

This program manages and procures benefits, including health benefits, long-term disability, and life insurance for state employees.

Recommended Action:

While the Constitution requires that the Civil Service Commission “fix rates of compensation,” it does not require that it manage or procure benefits. This program should be eliminated, and its functions assumed by another state department so that proper executive direction and legislative oversight can be exercised.