Reveal Your Weight or Pay a Fine for Health Care

CVS has put its employees on notice that they will be required to pay a $50 a month fine unless they step on the scale.

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.

What do you think? Fair or too intrusive? Use comment box below and let us know.

Ken March 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM
It's fair. CVS and its employees should not have to pay more for health insurance to cover the bad health choices of some other employees. Ken
J smith March 25, 2013 at 01:03 PM
yes but there are other diseases that cause weight gain such as thyroid disease, not all overweight people are lazy and over eat. So really your comment is pretty ignorant.
Lainey March 25, 2013 at 01:31 PM
@J smith, yes thyroid disease can cause weight gain but it's also easily treated with medication, people who are hypothyroid must take medication. Your comment is not valid. The nations obesity epidemic is not due to hypothyroidism.
Tania March 25, 2013 at 02:06 PM
it is too intrusive! In order to take care of the weight on top of working hard and taking care of the family is not always possible. Example - people with thyroid disease: they very often feel week to exercise, and excercise often doesn't help to lower your weight. Medicine, synthroid, also, doesn't always help! This is "The brave new world" or "1984" attitude. Disgusting!
foodandart March 25, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Time for CVS workers to start to throw the junk food it sells onto the CEO's desk. When 75% of ALL MEDICAL EXPENSE in the United States - three quarters of cost - can be laid directly at the feet of poor diet choices, a store that sells junk while penalizing it's employees that may actually be eating the goods it sells and suffering the resultant health issues that come of it is HUGELY HYPOCRITICAL, to say the least.


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