December 6, 2021

Around the nation: Nevada imposes insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state employees

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    Nevada state employees who refuse vaccination will face an insurance surcharge of up to $55 a month, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Nevada, and New York.

    • Florida: The National Football League (NFL) suspended Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown and safety Mike Edwards, along with free agent wide receiver John Franklin III, for three games after the league investigated claims that the players had "misrepresented their vaccination status under the NFL-NFLPA Covid-19 Protocols" by faking their Covid-19 vaccination cards. According to a statement from the league, "That review supported those allegations and found that the three players violated the protocols." All three players waived their rights to appeal and accepted their penalties. (Oshin, The Hill, 12/2)
    • Nevada: The Nevada Public Employees' Benefits Program Board on Thursday voted to impose a surcharge of up to $55 a month for workers enrolled in public employee health insurance plans who refuse to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The surcharges will go into effect July 2022 for Nevada workers and their adult dependents insured under public employee health plans—with exemptions for individuals with legitimate health issues or valid religious reasons. DuAne Young, policy director for Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D), said that the pandemic has been "the burden of everyone," but that now "this particular burden—the testing—should be … the burden of those who refuse to [be vaccinated]." (Axios, 12/3)
    • New York: Rochester Regional Health announced that Richard Davis will take over as CEO, effective March 7. Davis is succeeding Eric Bieber, who will retire at the end of 2021. Davis currently serves as SVP and CEO of Henry Ford Health System's south market and Henry Ford Hospital. During his tenure, he established an academic partnership with Michigan State University and assisted in the formation of Michigan's first "hospital-at-home" program. (Jensik, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/2)

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