Could health overhaul incentives hurt some?

New York Times, April 13, 2010

The new healthcare law promises to extend coverage to millions of Americans and to cut costs by cultivating healthy habits and preventive care. But could its emphasis on wellness undermine putting an end to the practice of charging sick people more for health insurance? While advocates for people with chronic ailments said they welcome initiatives that enable employees to incorporate exercise or weight counseling into their workday, they warn that tying premium discounts to achieving certain health standards will inevitably shift costs to less healthy employees, the New York Times reports.


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