More States Consider Obesity And Health Insurance

Overweight state workers in West Virginia could start paying more for health insurance.

At the urging of Gov. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency's Finance Board voted Thursday to seek public comment on the idea.

Director Ted Cheatham said the governor is interested in finding ways to promote healthier lifestyles and to control health-care costs.

Cheatham said higher premiums might encourage workers to lose weight.

PEIA already charges smokers $25 more a month than nonsmokers.

Last week, North Carolina's public employee health insurance program announced that it will start charging higher premiums for overweight policy holders, beginning in July 2011.


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  • by Like Food, Too Location: NC on Oct 25, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    I prefer the "National Association for the Advancement of Pleasantly Plump People."
  • by like food on Oct 24, 2009 at 01:40 PM
    Is there a group NAAFPR? National Association for the Advancement of Fat People Rights?
  • by Susan on Oct 23, 2009 at 08:57 PM
    What I find hilarious is how everyone is acting like this is some sort of wildfire or something. *First this, then it gets so much worse!!!!* If you don't want to pay more, get moving. Either move as in exercise or move as in pack it up and leave. This has nothing to do with being the "ideal" body on TV. Body Mass Index takes into account your height, etc. If you are obese due to medical illness, the extra insurance will come in handy one day. Bottom line- live healthier = live longer. Or sit on here and whine. Take your pick. Oh, and can we please correctly spell things such as "government" and "Medicaid"? Thank you.
  • by Rbh Location: Greenville on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:50 PM
    A Better Idea...thanks for the laugh but you forgot my Mother in Law
  • by Idea to solve the problem. on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:29 PM
    I have a good idea. Keep lethal doses at the side of scales in the doctor's office. If a woman weighs in at more than 120 lbs. and a man at more than 150 lbs. get an order from the doctor for the lethal injection to be given. It will take all fat folks out of their misery, and keep children from being obese. Orphan's never did get much food. Never did like fat, fat the water rat song.
  • by too much control on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:15 PM
    to cj...don't think your rates will decrease because of this..all about the state paying less
  • by A Better Idea Location: NC on Oct 23, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    Let's charge every time we see an ugly person ... Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Queen Elizabeth, Maya Angelou, the Pope, Marcia Brady ...
  • by Anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    Has anyone ever taken notice of our Police Officers? I don't notice this on HWY PATROLMEN. They are fat. Most of them. Women and men. I am very surprised there is not some policy in place to keep them fit if at least not a normal weight? They have a hard job that requires physical agility. I bet the local Sports Clubs and gyms would let them join at a reduced if not free membership. We appreciate them. They should consider that to protect themselves the best they should get in better shape. I hope this does not come across as rude. It is not intended that way.
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Oct 23, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    Some of you are not looking at the biggger picture! Next it will be how many points you have on your license-cars kill, hunters and gun owners-next as can be dangerous, taking trips on airplanes- they can and do crash, those of us who eat meat, the list goes on and on. Next it will not be just state employees but everyone! Guberment control of your everyday actions, you people better wake up and not sit there thinking its only state employees, only smokers or those overweight...this will affect your lives if not stopped!!! We need LESS guberment control NOT more!!!!Welcome to the liberal world, they Know WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU!!!
  • by jr Location: bath on Oct 23, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    i have long said that the market should control insurance premiums, rather than government fiat. for example...the seat belt law. surely insurance companies can come up with an insurance premium differential for those who declare they will wear seat belts and for those who choose not to wear seat belts. the penalty for saying you will- and don't- is to forfeit any coverage in the case of an accident. another example is the motorcycle helmet law...same thing. that's how it is with flying, and drinking. 'ten hours between the throttle and the bottle'...if you fly with alcohol in your system, and have an accident, your insurance is voided...at least my policy says that. if you're fat, you pay. if you smoke, you pay. this is not socialism, this is raw capitalism market forces at work.
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