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May 9, 2007

Using Law to Facilitate Healthier Lifestyles

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2007;297(18):1981-1983. doi:10.1001/jama.297.18.1981

To the Editor: In his Commentary on law as a tool to facilitate healthier lifestyles, Dr Gostin1 overlooks an important category of legal interventions that may help to control obesity—legalizing incentive-based health plans. In many states, health insurance carriers are limited to pricing policies in the small group market based only on the age, occupation, and address of the insured. Designed to protect individuals with pre-existing medical conditions, these restrictions prevent carriers from giving discounts based on behavior.