Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Body Weight Fee

Do you support health insurance surcharges for carrying extra weight?

State employees in Dothan, Alabama will soon have to pay $25 per month for health insurance (which is usually provided at no cost) if their BMI exceeds 35:

Overweight Surcharge
, Dothan Eagle, August 29, 2008

This is a slippery slope. I can understand the state trying to offset some of its costs for providing health insurance. But which behaviors and conditions do you penalize?

Would it be okay to charge someone for having high cholesterol or high blood sugar? For being depressed? For living in a high crime area? These are all modifiable factors that impact health.

The graphic up there allows you to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) via the NIH's Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's site.

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