Employers are eager to drop sick workers

OlympiaApril 1, 2013 

The Olympian fell short on the big story involving the health care strike in our community regarding unexplained rise in health insurance for health care workers. Health care costs have not risen that would justify employees paying significantly larger deductibles for their health insurance. Health care costs have been stable for the past three years.

People are witnessing a new trend, starting with large health care corporations and moving into the corporate sector as employers seek to lower their corporation’s health insurance costs before 2014 as Obamacare locks in health care costs. Large health care corporations are raising employee deductibles and providing added cash toward their medical plan if employees and their families submit to medical screenings under the pretense of wellness.

What people don’t see is that corporations want to know if they have medical conditions that will push up the insurance costs. By raising the insurance cost for employees with sick family members the employee is forced to seek employment elsewhere with a better insurance plan, and this lowers the employer’s insurance cost by getting sick employees off their insurance policy before the 2014 deadline.

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