Louisiana health system to charge employees with unvaccinated spouses a monthly premium of $200

(NBC) Ochsner Health President and CEO Warner Thomas said the surcharge for unvaccinated spouses and partners is part of an effort to keep health premiums low for employees.

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s largest health system is ratcheting up pressure to get vaccinated against Covid-19. Ochsner Health told employees it will charge them a monthly premium of $200 if a spouse or domestic partner covered under an Ochsner health plan is not vaccinated, The Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate reports.

Ochsner has said all employees must be vaccinated by October 29 to keep their jobs. President and CEO Warner Thomas said the surcharge for unvaccinated spouses and partners is part of an effort to keep health premiums low for employees. As a self-insured organization, Ochsner bears the cost of Covid treatment for patients who are on its insurance plan. Unvaccinated people

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