Largest Louisiana Health System Fines Employees With Unvaccinated Spouses

The largest health system in Louisiana will start fining employees hundreds of dollars a month if they are married to an unvaccinated person. 

“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, told NOLA.

Ochsner Health will start charging employees $200 per month, or $100 per pay period, if their spouse or partner is unvaccinated. The “spousal COVID vaccine fee” will begin in 2022, and Thomas said it is not a mandate, saying non-employed spouses and domestic partners can select a health plan outside the Ochsner’s offerings.

“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 told NOLA.

The fee only applies to domestic partners or spouses, not other dependents such as children, who are covered by the employee’s health insurance.

The announcement was met with condemnation by some on social media, including the Young Americans for Liberty, a libertarian student activism organization.

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

The rollout of vaccine mandates in hospitals is spurring nurses and other healthcare workers across the country to quit their jobs or face termination over their refusal to comply with the rules. Protests have also formed in recent weeks with healthcare workers holding signs reading phrases such as, “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 told 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 told to no longer come into her hospital in Indianapolis over refusing the vaccine during her high-risk pregnancy.

Source: FOX

It’s becoming more common for employers to make unvaccinated people on employer-sponsored insurance plans pay more to cover the high potential cost of COVID care.

Delta Air Lines, for instance, announced it would raise health insurance premiums by $200 per month for unvaccinated employees starting Nov. 1. In a memo to employees, Delta CEO Ed Bastian said that COVID-19 hospitalizations cost the company an average of $50,000 per case.

  1. George W Obama says

    Being unvaccinated is a “preexisting condition”?

  2. john223 says

    What a sick world. How about other disease vector such as dogs, cats, horses, etc do they need vaccination too? Wow everyone now is Bill Gates of Hell believer.

    1. ken says

      Don’t give the dumbasses any ideas.

      Most of the folks cannot figure out how much change to give without a machine telling them. Do you honestly expect them to think for themselves?

      They make the movie Idiocracy look like geniuses.

      All education Reading, Writing and Rithmetic are White Supremacy today so don’t look for conditions to improve.

      Contrary to popular belief the ability to tap and swipe does not make one a genius.

  3. Cap960 says

    If people with the vaccine are so afraid of the unvaccinated…what is the purpose of taking the jab? Vaccine protects you from nothing, then. The vaccinated need to think!

  4. Eric the Red says

    “We are still essential” is exactly the wrong meme to use. In warfare, effective tactics consist of ridiculing your enemy, not calling attention to your weaknesses.

  5. ken says

    Since when do these institutions and corporations OWN their employees?

    It is absolutely none of their f-king business who has the poison shot and who hasn’t!

    Do they do this with the flu shot or for that matter any other vaccine? NO! This alleged disease has very little mortality difference than the flu or the common cold.

    And these airlines,,, the worse of all the businesses sucking off the taxpayer teat seem to be the worse offenders.

    They say each hospitalization cost $50,000. Bullshit! The hospitals are putting people on a ventilator that don’t need it and pumping killer Fraudci approved remdesivir into folks.

    The ones costing most of the money are the morons that took the injections. Let me tell you what these creep assholes are doing…. The cost of hospitalizing the injected lunatics are costing a fortune,,, This added charge is to try to cover all that money while still keeping the narrative of a killer virus. If there is a dieoff this winter that money won’t nearly cover the expenses.

    I haven’t flown since the hiring of all those sex offender and thieves feeling up all the kiddies.

    The idiots running the airlines couldn’t operate a bumper car business with one car without screwing it up.

    The employees need to quit now before the businesses can get situated and fire them without them getting severance pay and unemployment. If you can retire,,,, do it! It is doubtful they could get the National Guard or bum immigrants trained up fast enough.
    Don’t let them get their ducks in a row and then try this….

  6. James says

    Simple, just refuse to pay the fine. Who do these companies think they are?

    1. Eddy says

      Considering the other partner works for the hospital, what’s stopping them from deducting the $100 from their pay ???

      1. James says

        If that’s the case then they should just quit and file a criminal complaint with the D.A. Deducting “fines” from their pay is a stick-up.

  7. yuri says

    do they fine them if sex occurs without 18 masks and Covid approved condoms?

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