Unvaccinated Employees Could Pay More for Health Insurance
Many employers are now facing big decisions on how to handle their unvaccinated employees. Some even going as far as making being vaccinated a requirement for employment. Some other employers are approaching the matter differently.
Delta Airlines announced yesterday that they would began charging unvaccinated employees an extra $200 monthly for their health insurance. I can imagine that this isn't sitting well with most unvaccinated employees.
Delta points out that when a number of employees incur high medial costs, it can cause the insurance company to raise the rates for all that company's employees. In most cases, a 10 day stint in the hospital for COVID-19 can run up a bill of $100,000 or more.
A friend of mine was recently discharged from the hospital after barely surviving COVID and moved into a rehab center to learn to walk and talk again. He spent 174 days in the hospital. I can't even fathom what his hospital bill is going to look like.
Some may argue that if unvaccinated employees are charged more for their health insurance, then smokers and the obese should also be charged more. That's a fair point and it wouldn't surprise me at all if it eventually came to that.
I have to believe that more employers will follow suit on this. Of course, some are just flat out telling employees that if you are not vaccinated, you can't work here.
Whether we like it or not, the quest to get the majority of Americans vaccinated against this virus isn't going to go away. It seems the only way to curb it.
If you are still undecided on whether to get vaccinated, talk to your doctor. Getting your information on the vaccines from YouTube videos, social media or certain media isn't a good idea. Listen to the experts.
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