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Governor Beverly Perdue seems to be trying to have it both ways on the provisions in the State Health Plan that subject state employees to random mouth swabs to verify they are not smoking and charging workers more if their weight is deemed out of line.

Perdue told NBC 17

The health plan is done by the General Assembly and someday I’m hopeful to have that changed. I’ve never been a fan of how decisions are made for premium changes.

The health plan is done by the General Assembly, but legislation to change it must be signed by the Governor and Perdue signed the bill that authorized the random checks for smoking and obesity.

2 Comments

  1. IBXer

    November 20, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Don’t worry about it, the federal government will be swabbing us before too long. I’m not so sure it will be in the mouth, though.

  2. Martha Brock

    November 21, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Can anyone from Public Health sector with expertise in the area addressed by the State Health Plan speak to this issue? AS a former insurance underwriter, who has looked at some studies supporting and some which refute the legislation’s assumptions, I would really like to hear from people with expertise and not just unfounded asssumptions based on media hype and generally accepted, but not necessarily evidence-based, conclusions.

    I have found that the media are more and more limited in investigating legislation and its supporters and its assumptions. This is due to rapidly declining advertising revenues and the lack of continued support for this kind of investigation/reporting by local and state-wide media outlets like those owned by mcClatchy or other chains.