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Health insurance costs on the rise again for Purdue employees

Purdue employees who smoke and are covered under a university health insurance plan will pay a higher premium next year.

Currently, tobacco users pay an additional $250 for health care.

In 2013, that amount will double to $500.

The premium can be waived if a tobacco cessation program is completed and approved by November 16th.

University officials say all employees will pay more for health insurance in 2013, although the increase will vary depending on the plan.

The Board of Trustees will set the medical plan rates at its October 12th meeting.

Open enrollment for 2013 health insurance begins October 29th.

More information, including a list of Benefits Overview sessions, is available on the Purdue Benefits website.