More employers and insurance companies are considering raising health insurance premiums for employees who choose to forego vaccination.
Starting in November,
"It's similar to what already occurs with smokers," said
Unvaccinated Americans are at higher risk to develop severe cases of the virus.
The average amount hospitals across the
"It all winds up getting back into premiums somehow," Campanella said. "Somebody has to pay that cost."
Some companies are choosing to shift the burden of those costs from all employees to only those who choose to forego vaccination.
For companies like Delta, which is not requiring employee vaccination, it may also incentivize more employees to get the shot.
"Employers are looking at it as an incentive to get their employees vaccinated. I also think it is an attempt to get control of some of the costs related to COVID," said
O'Reilly and Campanella said self-insured companies can more easily increase premiums for unvaccinated employees.
"I think they're looking to keep their employees safe, to keep their businesses operational and then, to keep costs down," O'Reilly said.