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Glitch in health care law could give smokers a break

Updated: Saturday, August 3, 2013 |
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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.
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