Some Maricopa County employees will get unique health plan option

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Some Maricopa County employees will soon have more choices on their Health Care Plan.

The Maricopa County board of supervisors approved a proposal Monday allowing 1,800 county workers to enroll in an Integrative Health Care Plan.

It's part of a University of Arizona study in which researchers hope to find out the effectiveness and costs of offering the plan.

"It's important because this is a first chance to collect the information that might change policies and reimbursement to favor prevention and health promotion rather than simply disease management," said Dr. Andrew Weil from the U of A Center for Integrative Medicine.

Researchers will compare integrative health care and conventional plans.  The study should start this July.

NOTE: In an earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that some Pima County employees would have this option as opposed to Maricopa County employees.