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Chronic disease is growing at a faster rate than that of the U.S. population and is poised to bankrupt the health care system if nothing is done. (Photo: Shutterstock)

A healthier lifestyle is key to cutting health care costs, and wellness programs can be the key to that healthier lifestyle.

So said experts in a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and Lamar Alexander, R-TN, backed them up. A Healthcare Finance News report says that testimony before the committee was given in the context of employer-sponsored health plans, pointing toward steps that employers can take to improve employees’ health and help offset the health care system’s costs.

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