More firms planning to use surcharges under ObamaCare
ObamaCare measures say employees can get a reward of up to 30% of their health costs if they choose to participate in health programs—for instance, to help quit smoking—or voluntary screenings. Companies are, however, allowed to raise premiums if these programs aren’t saving them money. And with employers focused on weight and nicotine, “Some programs can verge on discrimination,” says an author of this week’s survey. Among the new costs:
- Smokers who work at Procter & Gamble should get ready to pay an extra $25 per month next year—that is, until they finish a program to help them quit, paid for by the company.
- Nonunion UPS workers could pay up to $1,800 extra per year if they smoke.
- Penn State wanted workers to pay $100 per month unless they underwent screenings and a WebMD questionnaire (sample question for men: How often do you examine your testicles?) But workers successfully fought the plan after concerns about privacy arose.