PETA Wants BCBS of Vermont to Charge Higher Health Insurance Rates to Meat Eaters
Posted Jan 07 2009 7:02pm
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, the state’s largest health insurer, is under fire from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) due to its policies, according to CBS NewsChannel 5. PETA wants providers of Vermont health insurance to vary health insurance premiums based on an individual’s diet, charging meat-eaters higher rates and offering discounted rates to vegetarians and vegans. They claim that meat consumption is associated with diseases that end up raising insurance rates for everyone, but there is conflicting evidence of that.
Kevin Goddard, a vice president at BCBS Vermont, responds that state law does not allow insurance providers to vary rates based on factors including diet, age, gender, or medical history. However, the Vermont state legislator is now considering reforms that would allow insurers to offer different levels of premiums to individuals depending on their lifestyles; people who take better care of themselves health-wise (which is a comination of many different factors) would pay less.
Another way to save on your premiums is to get multiple health insurance quotes. You might be able to find a better deal, regardless of your eating habits!