Should unvaccinated health insurance rates be higher?

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An Ipsos poll shows over 40 percent of employees feel that this would be a fair move.

According to the results of a recent survey conducted by Ipsos for Eagle Hill Consulting, more than 40 percent of American employees support higher health insurance rates for people who choose not to be vaccinated.

This suggests that vaccinated American workers are seeking more punitive strategies for unvaccinated counterparts.

Note: This article is a report on the findings of the survey and does not necessarily reflect the views of Live Insurance News, its editors or employees.

The recently released results of the nationwide study show that over 4 in 10 American workers believe that people who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 should be paying higher health insurance rates than those who have been vaccinated.

Furthermore, over half of the nationwide survey participants (51 percent) said that unvaccinated employees should not be permitted to travel for work. This indicates that this particular sentiment is growing, as that figure was only 44 percent in April. Additionally, 63 percent of survey participants said that unvaccinated employees should not be granted special permissions for working remotely. That figure has also growth since April, when it was still over half at 55 percent.

Among the survey respondents, there has been a 7 percent increase since April in the number of American workers who support employers who would terminate relationships with employees for failure to vaccinate themselves.Health Insurance Rates - COVID-19 Vaccine

Some companies are already announcing intentions to raise health insurance rates for unvaccinated workers.

The survey results were published closely on the heels of the Food and Drug Administration’s announcement that it had granted full approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. A number of large companies had already been announcing that they would be taking crackdown measures against unvaccinated workers.

For instance, Delta Air Lines has stated that unvaccinated employees would be paying $200 per month more for their health insurance rates when compared to vaccinated workers. Some companies in the private sector are requiring that their employees be vaccinated or risk terminating their employment. The Biden administration has already suggested that strict vaccination mandates would be enforced among federal employees. Last week, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered immediate vaccination of troops.

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