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Construction workers fight opioid dependency/What are trends in employer based benefits?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 10, 2018 4:46 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, July 10, 2018:

One-fifth of medications prescribed to construction workers contain an opioid.  Construction workers are almost twice as likely to have a substance abuse problem than the general population.  What it adds up to is the construction industry has been hit hard by the opioid crisis.

However, the construction industry is fighting back and reaching out to help its workers deal with the issues in several ways that we'll discuss on Tuesday's Smart Talk.  Could it be a model for other industries?

The last week in July has been designated as "Construction Opioids Awareness Week" in Pennsylvania.

Joining us on the program is Jon O'Brien, executive Director of the Keystone Contractors Association.

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Jon O'Brien

Also, a recent survey shows trends in employer-based healthcare benefits of higher deductibles and increased limits on coverage of spouses.  Both moves are to keep costs from rising faster.

Conrad Siegel, a company that works with employers on benefits, questioned more than 100 Central Pennsylvania Businesses for it's annual healthcare survey.

Robert Glus, a Partner & Consulting Actuary at Conrad Siegel is on Tuesday's Smart Talk to explain.

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Robert Glus

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