Report: Prevention programs could save state funds

July 17, 2008
by Timberly Ross
Lincoln Journal-Star (AP, Nebraska)

A new, nationwide report says Nebraska could save more than $102 million a year on health care if more money were invested in disease prevention programs. The report from nonprofit Trust for America's Health says by investing $10 per resident each year on top of what it already spends, the state would see the net savings within 5 years. The reports says the investment of about $17.5 million investment should go to community-based programs to prevent smoking and increase physical activity and nutrition

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