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The big three automakers, faced for years with looming health care expenses for their workers and retirees, are trying to figure out new ways to lower costs. 

Ford, which spends $7 an hour on health care for its current hourly workers, is expanding an experimental wellness program that it launched two years ago for chronically ill employees. The 1,200-1,500 workers selected at first were chronically ill workers and retirees who are not eligible for Medicare. 

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