Reveal What You Weigh... or Pay!

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Reveal What You Weigh... or Pay!
Wed, 03-20-2013 - 2:56pm
VS Caremark has put its employees on notice that they need to reveal their weight or pay a monthly $50 penalty. 

“Avoid the $600 annual surcharge,” CVS warns its employees who use the company’s health insurance plan. They’ve been told they are required by May 1 to show up to a doctor for an annual WebMD Wellness Review and submit to tests for blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and body mass and body weight.

“Going forward, you'll be expected not just to know your numbers - but also to take action to manage them,” the CVS policy states.

Wow.  Do you think companies should require employees to reveal this kind of information?

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Registered: 08-13-2007
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 2:10pm

My initial reaction is... glad I don't work for them!  It would be hard, and perhaps a little embarrassing to reveal this kind of information. However, it really isn't  surpring that more and more companies are starting this.  With the cost of health care, I imagine it encourages employees to take better care for themselves, saving the company money. 


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Registered: 10-17-2012
Fri, 03-22-2013 - 1:16am

Waiting for the mass of law suits to follow...not just on the invasion of privacy, but also in CVSs freakish nanny intrusion into the lives of it's employees.  I hope whoever suggested this bit of stupidity is held up for public ridicule and then fired.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Fri, 03-22-2013 - 9:26am
I do know some health organizatins/hospitals require employees to get immunized regularly, My sister works for a hospital and she has to gets tested for TB and immunized for other things ever year or couple of years. But requiring your weight or bmi or blood sugar level is just ridiculous.



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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 03-22-2013 - 5:29pm

Normally, I'd agree with you on stuff like this, Deenasdad, but in this case, it's a corporation, not a government, that probably calculated how much more in health care dollars the heavy or diabetic employees were costing, and decided to try to improve the bottom line. I'm sure some accountant looked at life expectancy tables and decided this was the way to go.

Are they foolish? Sure. They aren't accounting for the secret alcoholics and pill addicts, who also claim more than their fair share of a company's health insurance dollars,  and they will certainly open themselves up to lawsuits from people angered over their loss of privacy. (Although I have to confess that I can't see how the number on on a scale will tell you much more than simply looking at the employee!)  Of course this type of thing will only get worse as companies try to figure out how to pass the cost of the expensive health care law onto everyone else. 

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 03-23-2013 - 2:45am

The title of this thread, and of the article that inspried it, are somewhat misleading. It sounds like the employees will be required to tell their supervisor what they weigh. But the article says that they have to let the insurance company know what they weigh....but anybody with insurance is asked to sign a records release by our doctor's offices and most people comply, so the insurance company typically can see our results if they want to. The employer, CVS, will not be privy to the information even though they will pay the cost for the annual exam. And none of it will affect employees who are not part of the employer health plan.

I think its a great idea for an employer to pay for a physical, and for employees to know what they weigh and the other vital numbers like blood pressure and cholesterol. How the employees will demonstrate that they are managing any conditions (revealed by tests results that are out of range) was not mentioned. There is a concern about privacy---will the insurance company keep this data private? but that should be a concern for everybody, not just CVS employees. Employees who do not release their data will see their insurance rates increase by $50 per month. That will probably force some employees to override their other concerns.