The largest well being system in Louisiana will begin fining workers lots of of {dollars} a month if they’re married to an unvaccinated individual. 

“The reality is the cost of treating COVID-19, particularly for patients requiring intensive inpatient care, is expensive, and we spent more than $9 million on COVID care for those who are covered on our health plans over the last year,” CEO of Ochsner Health, Warner Thomas, advised NOLA. 

Ochsner Health will begin charging workers $200 monthly, or $100 per pay interval, if their partner or companion is unvaccinated. The “spousal COVID vaccine fee” will start in 2022, and Thomas mentioned it’s not a mandate, saying non-employed spouses and home companions can choose a well being plan exterior the Ochsner’s choices. 

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“This is not a mandate as non-employed spouses and domestic partners can choose to select a health plan outside of Ochsner Health offerings,” he advised NOLA.

The payment solely applies to home companions or spouses, not different dependents similar to youngsters, who’re coated by the worker’s medical health insurance. 

The announcement was met with condemnation by some on social media, together with the Young Americans for Liberty, a libertarian pupil activism group. 

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“This is a taste of what’s coming. There is no end to the madness. Brace,” YAL’s official Twitter account posted Friday.

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The rollout of vaccine mandates in hospitals is spurring nurses and different healthcare employees throughout the nation to give up their jobs or face termination over their refusal to adjust to the foundations. Protests have additionally fashioned in current weeks with healthcare employees holding indicators studying phrases similar to, “We are still essential,” “Say no to vaccines and yes to freedom of choice,” “Healthcare heroes demand medical freedom,” and “Don’t fire last year’s heroes.”

“We were celebrated last year,” Indiana nurse Adara Allen advised Fox News this week. “But a few nurses did end up leaving due to [the hospital] not accepting their medical issues or having a reaction or adverse effect to the first dose of the covid vaccine.” Allen was advised to not come into her hospital in Indianapolis over refusing the vaccine throughout her high-risk being pregnant.