Smokers' premiums to rise in Polk - FOX 13 News

Smokers' premiums to rise in Polk

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Polk County is trying to put a match under its employees who smoke, to stop. Starting January 1, smokers will have to pay close to $700 more in health care premiums unless they take a stop smoking class.

Even if they don't kick the habit after the class, the smokers won't have to pay the new higher premium.

"Our hope is that we are going to get them a little closer to that goal," Polk's Human Resource's Director Anthony Casas told FOX 13 on Monday.

The new initiative is an attempt at keeping soaring health care and medical costs down.

Polk County self-insures about 7,000 people, including employees and their families. It spends $35 million a year.

Watch the video above to see Ken Suarez' full report.

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