Tobacco Surcharge for Premiums

I work for a small business who buys health insurance in the Marketplace and I smoke. Can my company be charged more because of me?

Yes, assuming your coverage is purchased in a state that allows the tobacco surcharge. An insurer can adjust the premiums of health plans sold to small businesses based on the number of workers who use tobacco.

While we have made every effort to provide accurate information in these FAQs, people should contact the health insurance Marketplace or Medicaid agency in their state for guidance on their specific circumstances.

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