The reality is the cost of treating Covid-19, particularly for patients requiring intensive inpatient care, is expensive. — Warner Thomas, Ochsner Health president and chief executive
The reality is the cost of treating Covid-19, particularly for patients requiring intensive inpatient care, is expensive. — Warner Thomas, Ochsner Health president and chief executive
Louisiana Health System to Charge Fee to Employees with Unvaccinated Spouses
Louisiana’s largest nonprofit health care provider will increase its employees’ insurance fees next year if their spouses or domestic partners are unvaccinated, the provider said.

Ochsner Health said in a letter to its employees last month that it was adding the extra charge — about $200 a month, starting next year — for unvaccinated spouses and domestic partners who are covered by the company’s insurance plan.

The letter said this move was an effort to “protect our entire Ochsner team, which includes employees, their families and the communities we serve.”

In a statement, Warner Thomas, the company’s president and chief executive, said that spouses and domestic partners would be allowed to file for medical or religious exemptions to the policy.

“This is not a mandate,” he said, because spouses and domestic partners can switch insurance plans to avoid the new fee.

“The reality is the cost of treating Covid-19, particularly for patients requiring intensive inpatient care, is expensive,” he added.
Read the full article: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/04/us/louisiana-fee-unvaccinated-spouses.html