The ability of health insurers to charge smokers up to 50 percent more in premiums under the Affordable Care Act has led some nicotine users to not only give up their coverage but smoke even more, the Washington Free Beacon reports.Imagine that.
"We found that medium and high tobacco surcharges dampened the increases in the smokers' insurance coverage," according to a study published in the journal, Health Affairs. "Smokers facing the highest surcharges exhibited a 12-percentage-point reduction in coverage relative to the group with no surcharge."
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Posted by Steve Bartin at 4:23 AM