Smoking Mad: Tobacco Users Caught Up in Insurer’s Obamacare “Glitch”

Smoking Mad: Tobacco Users Caught Up in Insurer’s Obamacare “Glitch”

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Retired New Hampshire nurse Terry Wetherby doesn’t hide the fact that she smokes.She checked the box on HealthCare.gov saying she uses tobacco and fully expected to pay more for her insurance policy under the Affordable Care Act. “It’s not a secret at all,” she said.Wetherby dutifully paid the premium Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield charged her for January and again for February — and believed she had coverage effective on Jan. 1.Then when Wetherby went to pay her March premium, she was told she couldn’t. A check arrived in the mail refunding her February premium with a two-word explanation: “Contract cancelled.”

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