Effective January 1, 2010, EIP will start charging subscribers who use tobacco, or cover family members who do, an additional $25 a month in health insurance premiums. Every subscriber must certify whether he or a covered family member uses tobacco.
To avoid this surcharge for using tobacco:
The health plans offered by EIP — the State Health Plan, BlueChoice HealthPlan and CIGNA HMO — are self-insured. All premiums, and employers’ contributions, are placed in a fund and used to pay claims and administrative costs. Illnesses caused, and contributed to, by tobacco use cost this fund about $75 million a year. Reducing tobacco use will help cut this expense.
For more information, see the flyer below and these Frequently Asked Questions.
The health plans offered through EIP are ready to help you give up tobacco. The State Health Plan and BlueChoice HealthPlan offer tobacco cessation through the Free & Clear® Quit for Life® Program. CIGNA HMO offers the CIGNA Quit TodaySM Tobacco Cessation Program. Prevention Partners also periodically offers seminars about how to quit.
Download the Certification Regarding Tobacco Use form - (28KB - PDF)
Download the Tobacco Use Certification flyer - (164KB - PDF)