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2nd state employee clinic opens in Billings

By Associated Press
Published On: Jun 05 2013 08:04:34 AM MDT
HELENA, Mont. -

The state has opened a medical clinic in Billings for workers and their families covered by the state's employee health plan.
    
Lee Newspapers of Montana reports the clinic opened this week and is available to about 2,000 state employees and their dependents. It is staffed by a physician, a half-time nurse practitioner and two wellness coaches.
    
A clinic that opened in Helena last August is available to 11,000 state employees and their families.
    
Former Gov. Brian Schweitzer proposed the clinics in 2012 as a way to reduce employee health costs through managed care.
    
Health Care and Benefits Division Administrator Russ Hill says the state hopes to open clinics in Miles City and in either Butte, Anaconda or Deer Lodge to serve state employees there.
    
The clinics are operated by CareHere of Brentwood, Tenn.