The committee also agreed to charge state employees who smoke a $50 monthly premium surcharge.
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I was surprised to find out that 12 other states have similar surcharges. What I don't get is how you enforce this. According to other articles, lying about it will eliminate your insurance. The other states that have similar surcharges have similar penalties, yet most did not enforce them. Georgia can even fine and imprison you, but has yet to do so.
I personally think this is an asinine approach. What constitutes a "smoker?" Is it at least one a day, two a day? What about the people who have a couple when they drink?
There are many health choices people make that increase the cost of insurance. Are we going to start putting surcharges on everything we do that is unhealthy? It appears 2 other states have obesity surcharges. Why stop there?
Ugh, I hate budget season and all that crap that gets put into these.