hcs455 discussion 12

1. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance premiums are based on the following factors: plan category, the number of individuals on the policy, age, location, and tobacco use. When it comes to health insurance rates for smokers, many insurance companies can also factor in tobacco use in order to increase premiums.

The practice of charging tobacco users more is called tobacco rating. The ACA allows for insurance companies to charge smokers up to 50% more than non-smokers through a tobacco surcharge. Although this is allowed, it doesn’t mean that all states have decided to implement this charge. As demonstrated below, tobacco surcharges can vary from state to state.


Do you think it is ethical to charge a smoker more for health care coverage? Why or Why not? What about a person with Cystic Fibrosis?150-200 words

2. A United Nations summit on climate change agreed to widen the use of renewable energy and raise billions of dollars in aid for developing countries in an effort to increase the prospects for a wide-ranging deal to slow global warming.

The one-day summit, hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, set goals to halt losses of tropical forests by 2030, improve food production and hike the share of electric vehicles in cities to 30 percent of new vehicle sales by 2030.

Doyle, A. U.N. climate summit sets goals to save forests, use clean energy Retrieved Sep 24, 2014, from http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/09/23/un-climatechange-pledges idINKCN0HI2PZ20140923?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

Discuss issues with climate change. 150-200 words

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