Wal-Mart Raises Health Premiums for Smokers

Wal-Mart has announced it is significantly raising health insurance premiums for many employees who smoke. The New York Times reports smokers will have to pay an extra $260 to $2,340 a year if they want health insurance.

The move is part of larger changes by the company to decrease insurance coverage for part-time workers and significantly raise health insurance premiums for many full-time workers, according to the article.

Greg Rossiter, a Wal-Mart spokesperson, told the newspaper, “Tobacco users generally consume about 25 percent more health care services than nontobacco users.”  Wal-Mart notes that other major companies, including Home Depot, PepsiCo and Macy’s, also charge smokers more for their health insurance.

Hospitals have been at the forefront of the trend to link employees’ eligibility for lower-cost health plans to tobacco use.

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    Praise God

    November 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Just stop that cancer stick and you have no worries.

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    Chad Dean

    October 24, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    They need to do that for obese workers too. I know where I work over weight co-workers are out sick & going to the doctor a lot more than the smokers. I don’t smoke so it’s not sticking up for smokers..

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