Glitch in health care law could give smokers a break
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:03 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A glitch in the Affordable Care Act could actually wind up giving smokers a big break.
Insurers have been notified about a computer system glitch that will limit the penalties companies may charge smokers.
A fix will take at least a year to take effect.
Starting in 2014, the law requires insurance companies to accept all applicants, regardless of pre-existing medical problems.
It does, however, allow them to charge smokers up to 50 percent higher premiums--a way for insurers to ward off bad risks.