CVS demands employees report body weight or face penalty. And why not? [Darleen Click]
Looks like CVS is acting responsibly
Employees at retail giant CVS Caremark will have to pay a hefty $600-a-year penalty for not disclosing their weight and other personal health data to the company’s benefits firm, under a new health policy that many prominent patient rights advocates are calling invasive. [...]
But if workers refuse the screening, they will be forced to pay the $600 annual penalty. The company will collect the fines by tacking on an additional $50 each month to the existing cost of the company’s health insurance program.
Employees have until May 1 to submit to the company-sponsored wellness review.
The company also revised their health policy to warn smokers that they must try to quit.
“You must either be tobacco-free by May 1, 2014 or participate in the WebMD tobacco cessation program,” the company wrote to employees, NBC’s TODAY reported.
While I understand why people recoil at how invasive and Nanny-like this feels — and it is — what the hell did you expect?
Making health insurance the responsibility of employers was bad enough, but with ObamaCare already being felt with more of the same on the horizon, we have given up any say-so in what health-related information we pass on to insurers.
If your employer was required to provide auto insurance for all employees, would anyone think they would not be required to report their driving history?
At least when you’re a free agent in the marketplace to obtain insurance individually, you can make choices (and pay for them) based on what you want to put up with.
Making medical care “a right” not only costs you your treasure, but your sovereignty.
Tags: cvs, invasion of privacy, obamacare