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  •  Kentucky forces smokers to pay higher premiums (2+ / 0-)
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    9/8/13.....Ranked No. 1 in adult smoking and cancer deaths, Kentucky should be doing all it can to bring tobacco users under the care of medical professionals.

    Yet some Kentucky smokers — perhaps many — will still be unable to afford health insurance, even after historic reforms take effect next year.

    That's because of how the state has chosen to implement a provision of the Affordable Care Act allowing up to a 40 percent surcharge on smokers' premiums.

    Based on the Kaiser Family Foundation's calculator (http://kff.org/...), and accounting for the 40 percent surcharge, a 40-year-old smoker with an annual income of $16,086 in Kentucky would have to pay $1,756 for a policy a non-smoker could get for $549.

    http://www.kentucky.com/...

    "Tax cuts for the 1% create jobs." -- Republicans, HAHAHA - in China

    by MartyM on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 08:57:20 PM PDT

    •  They need to switch to e-cigs (1+ / 0-)
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      MartyM

      I know a family of smokers that all switched. They love them, for a multiple of reasons.

      It works for them!



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      by splashy on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 09:16:45 PM PDT

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