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CVS Employees Required to Report Weight, Body Fat for Insurance

Employees at the drugstores who don't report will face increased rates.

What would you do if you went in to work one day and your employer told you that you needed to report your weight, body fat and glucose levels or your insurance costs would jump by $600 a year?

CVS employees are dealing with that very issue right now, according to the Boston Herald.

"This is an incredibly coercive and invasive thing to ask employees to do,” Patient Privacy Rights founder Dr. Deborah Peel told the Herald, adding that mounting health care costs have made these policies increasingly common.

According to the Herald's report, CVS Caremark employs 200,000 workers and all of them, including those at the North Reading location, are being required to report their metrics by May 1.

The company has dubbed the request “a health screening and wellness review so that colleagues know their key health metrics in order to take action to improve their numbers, if necessary.”

Virginia Daniel March 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM
I'm not a fan of this requirement. However, if it can cut your insurance costs as much as it would increase them...it would be a consideration. I thought health insurance was to cover costs, continue preventative measures and keep you healthy! Most insurance companies have discounts or reimbursement for gym memberships and other healthy ideas. We are being made more aware of the rising cost of healthcare, the lower health of the worlds people and most importantly the future generations struggles with health starting at childhood obesity. I don't approve of government controlling healthcare, but we need to be a proactive society, not a reactive society...is this the way to achieve this?

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