Ochsner Health to Add ‘COVID Spouse Vaccine Fee’ to 2022 Employee Health Insurance Plans
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (BRPROUD) – An Ochsner Health spokesperson has confirmed that the healthcare system will add COVID spousal vaccine fees to their employees’ medical insurance plans in 2022.
The charge of $ 100 per pay period will apply to unvaccinated spouses / partners who are included as dependents in an employee’s Ochsner medical insurance plan.
Statement from Ochsner Health President and CEO Warner Thomas:
Each year, Ochsner Health evaluates health insurance and other benefits based on feedback from our employees and changes that impact benefits, services and costs. Our competitive benefit plans are one of the many offerings that make Ochsner a top employer in the Southern Gulf.
One of the changes to the health care benefit offering coming to 2022 is a cost adjustment for adult dependents (spouses and domestic partners) who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. These fees are similar to those that have been put in place for tobacco users and are consistent with the benefits offered by many healthcare organizations and companies. It is not a mandate because non-salaried spouses and domestic partners can choose to choose a health plan outside of Ochsner. Health offers. As with our employee vaccination policy, spouses and domestic partners with medical and religious objections will be able to file exemption requests.
As a self-insured organization, we work hard every year to keep our health insurance premiums low for our employees and their families. The reality is that the cost of treating COVID-19, especially for patients requiring intensive hospital care, is expensive, and we have spent over $ 9 million on COVID care for those covered by our health plans. over the past year. We know that COVID-19 vaccination dramatically reduces transmission, symptom severity, hospitalizations and deaths. About 90% of people hospitalized for COVID in our facilities have not been vaccinated since the vaccines were approved in December 2020.
Widespread vaccination is essential to stop the spread of COVID-19, and we hope this change will encourage even more community members to get vaccinated. We encourage employees with questions about benefits to send their questions directly to the Ochsner HR Solution Center.
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