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Smokers an overweight people prepare to feel the pain of the new health care law.
As it takes effect in the new year employers under the new law will now be allowed to charge workers higher premiums if they don't meet certain.
Health criteria Peter Barnes joins us now from Washington DC with more hate here.
Well -- -- and look at it another way -- Department of Health and Human Services has finalized rules as of yesterday that would allow companies to reward workers who participate in so called corporate wellness programs starting next year it would give them discounts.
In their health care coverage of up to 30%.
If they meet certain wellness goals such as lower weight lower cholesterol lower blood pressure but some critics say that the regulations could be unfair to some workers for example for those who are heavier because of genetic reasons take a listen.
On the one hand they're trying to ban discrimination.
Based on health status but on the other hand they're trying to say -- some discrimination based on health status is good discrimination.
And that's what this regulation is all about trying to -- Now the regulations would also give discounts of up to 50%.
For people who quit smoking so as you mentioned people who don't quit their smoking.
Would end up paying more they do now.
For their health care coverage regulations according to as -- HHS.
Are designed to reduce the burden of chronic illness to improve people's health and to limit health care costs the rules say that employers can make exceptions for certain employees if the wellness goals goals are quote -- reasonably difficult.
Due to -- medical condition that -- Peter thank you so much for that Peter -- talk about people get mad about that thank you so much --
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