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Tobacco health insurance SURCHARGE: Washington State Public Employees

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  1. endGame

    endGame Unregistered Supplier ECF Veteran

    Jan 11, 2014
    WA, USA
    The Washington State PEBB (the board that manages health insurance for all public employees in the state of Washington) will begin charging a $25/month insurance premium increase for tobacco users starting in July 2014.

    At the moment this does NOT include e-cigarettes :) (see below).

    Here is a link to the PEBB info page: PEBB - Tobacco Use Premium Surcharge
    .. and a PDF : View attachment PEBB_TOBACCO.pdf
    and here is the relevant info for a record in this thread:
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    About the tobacco use premium surcharge[/h]A monthly $25-per-account surcharge will be required in addition to your premium if you or any enrolled family member uses a tobacco product (even if the family member does not live with you).
    If more than one enrolled family member uses tobacco products, you will not pay more than $25 per month.

    [h=3]What are "tobacco products"?[/h]Tobacco products are defined as any product made with or derived from tobacco that is intended for human consumption, including any component, part, or accessory of a tobacco product. This includes, but is not limited to, cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, snuff, and other tobacco products.
    Tobacco products do not include:

    • Tobacco cessation aids approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    • E-cigarettes (their tobacco-related status is under review by the FDA).
    [h=3]What is "tobacco use"?[/h]Tobacco use is defined as any use of tobacco products within the past two months.
    It does not include the religious or ceremonial use of tobacco.

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