One of the big health care stories last week was a new policy by CVS Caremark that will require its employees to step on a scale and reveal their weight, along with other health-related numbers, to qualify for health care. This was reported by CNBC, as well as with many other media outlets.
According to CNBC, employees on the CVS company health care plan who don't do this would have to pay a $50 penalty. The employees also would be required to have a WebMD wellness review by May 1, which would require tests for blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass and body weight. The CVS policy is reported to also state that, going forward, people would be required to manage those numbers.
Smokers too have reportedly been warned by CVS that they need to be tobacco-free by the May 1 deadline or sign up for a smoking cessation program. It is no secret that health issues as a result of obesity or smoking place a financial burden on health care costs.
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