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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City Revise Wellness Plan

Posted: Dec 25, 2012 1:15 PM
Updated: Dec 25, 2012 1:22 PM

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is revising a wellness incentive plan after six city employees and one Jackson County worker were charged with defrauding the insurance giant.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/YchJka ) that company medical director Gregg Laiben says the new program will offer a maximum reward of $100 a year and won't rely on self-reporting of physical activity.

Federal prosecutors allege the workers falsely claimed hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash rewards by lying about taking part in physical activities.

Some defendants are accused of building points toward $250 gift cards by filling out forms in the names of others, including children as young as 1 year old supposedly completing marathons and triathlons.

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