, 2023-01-20 07:42:57,
Schenck is now one of the dozens of workers part of a health program focusing on a low-carb diet at Laitram, a Louisiana manufacturing company that got its start in 1947 with the first patent for a shrimp peeling machine. The company now produces a range of machinery and employs shift workers as well as tech workers. Through the program and a number of other Silicon Valley-esque health benefits that include subsidized salads and on-site medical workers, Laitram slowed the growth in its health insurance costs, which had increased by an average of 10% per employee from 2009 to 2011 to around a 3% increase after 2012.
The approach could be a blueprint for other large companies in Louisiana, where health insurance costs are among the highest in the nation, according to a report from Forbes Advisor. Louisiana had the fifth-highest increase in overall health care spending per person between 2016 and 2020 at 23%. Only New York, Hawaii, South Dakota and California saw…
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