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CVS Pharmacy orders employees to report weight, body fat, cholesterol level, be tobacco-free, or face penalties

A new policy by CVS Pharmacy requires every one of its nearly 200,000 employees who use its health plan to submit their weight, body fat, glucose levels and other vitals or pay a monthly fine.

Employees who agree to this testing will see no change in their health insurance rates, but those who refuse will have to pay an extra $50 per month — or $600 per year — for the company’s health insurance program. All employees have until May 1, 2014, to make an appointment with a doctor and record their vitals.

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I have worked the past 5

I have worked the past 5 years for D[-LL computers, here in NH. This kind of policy has been in place this whole time & is gaining general acceptance in many companies who have a large employee base.
I absolutely refused to reveal this private information to WHOEVER would be receiving it (it was never made clear WHO). The penalty for refusal to provide was $900/yr. for employee+1 health insurance (PLUS you pay your normal co-pays, employee portion & such). Originally they let you do an a-la-cart approach, but 2 years ago, it evolved into full compliance or full penalty. The NH facility is 100% degreed professionals.

Bank of America

Bank of America now does exactly like CVS.

Biological Androids. that's

Biological Androids. that's all that Corporations require until their terminators are online. Skynet for the Win !

lawrence

i would downvote you more

i would downvote you more than i could, bastard

lawrence

Smokers boycott CVS

Well, I hope they will - given the corporation's new policy of making employees prove they don't smoke or charging them hefty premiums for health insurance. Smoking is hardly the only "risk factor" where health is concerned!

STRESS is a killer! "According to Healthy People 2000, a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, stress has a great impact on our health. Did you know that: 70-80% of all visits to the doctor are for stress-related and stress-induced illnesses; Stress contributes to 50% of all illness in the United States; The cost of job stress in the U.S. is estimated at $200 billion annually, including costs of absenteeism, lost productivity, and insurance claims." http://faculty.weber.edu/molpin/healthclasses/1110/bookchapt... See also http://www.stress-and-relaxation.com/main-causes-of-stress.html

And no matter what study you look at, DIVORCE and FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES are *always* among the TOP CAUSES of STRESS.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/132015-top-10-causes-stress/

~ DIVORCE: "The health consequences of divorce are so severe that a Yale researcher concluded that "being divorced and a nonsmoker is [only] slightly less dangerous than smoking a pack a day and staying married."" http://voices.yahoo.com/a-study-reveals-effects-divorce-heal...
I hope CVS plans to charge divorced employees add'l premiums! Why should others pay for their lack of ability or willingness to get along? P.S. The CHILDREN in divorce are also more prone to experience physical and emotional health issues. Extra premiums should be levied on divorcees with children covered by family plans!

~ FINANCES: Living on $23,000 or less is considered poverty for a family of four, $11,170 or less for a single-family HH. I'm sure it does cause stress when you can't make ends meet! If CVS is going to "charge" employees for their lifestyles with risk factors, it will surely be willing to "pay" its employees enough to eliminate risk factors the corporation itself is causing! DITTO for...

~ "WORK CONDITIONS," another known cause of STRESS - such as maybe requiring "flexibility" with a work schedule - meaning (instead of hiring daytime, evening, & weekend employees) the employees' work schedules can change each week: different days per week and/or hours per day. It wreaks havoc on outside responsibilities! Especially where children are concerned, and doubly so for single parents! I hope CVS will address *that* health-related stress it causes its employees!

But SMOKING and STRESS are hardly the only risk factors regarding health! In all fairness, I DO hope CVS plans to charge its employees health-insurance premiums depending on an analysis of their DIET - such as if they consume ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, and GENETICALLY-ENGINEERED FOODS (most w/corn or soy ingredients, for one):
~ "Artificial Sweeteners Not So Sweet For Your Health" http://www.healthychoices4life.com/artificial-sweeteners.html
~ "Five Health Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup"
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/high-fruct...
~ 50 Harmful Effects of Genetically Modified (GM) Foods
http://www.raw-wisdom.com/50harmful.

The list could go on...

If CVS plans to hold smokers responsible for a lifestyle posing health risks, it needs to hold other employees personally responsible for risky choices as well. And it needs to hold itself responsible.

In the meantime, given a policy discriminating against smokers, I do hope that, among the 43.8 million American adults who smoke, those who are CVC CUSTOMERS will look elsewhere to buy pharmaceuticals, health & beauty aids, stationery, and other items the corporation profits from in selling to them.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

I look at it this way

"All employees have until May 1, 2014, to make an appointment with a doctor and record their vitals."

more like
"All employees have until May 1, 2014, to find a better job"

:o)

makes sense to me

πολλα γαρ πταιομεν απαντες ει τις εν λογω ου πταιει ουτος τελειος ανηρ δυνατος χαλιναγωγησαι και ολον το σωμα

The most destructive law in health care is the HMO Act of 1973

Yet you never hear anyone talking about it. Experiments in employer-provided health care failed miserably in the market before the HMO Act of 1973. There were only 40 HMO-type organizations in the entire United States until this bill was passed.

Socialized medicine is a horrendous concept, but in many ways the American insurance-controlled system is worse than government control. With government force insurance corporations have taken over medicine. They are a wedge in between patient and doctor.

Of course ignorant progressives blame the market, but this is a direct consequence of government intervention.

The HMO Act of 1973 is the problem and must be repealed.

**Also, I wish people would start referring to the HMO Act of 1973 as Nixoncare.

Same here

Except we get discounts for submitting to the Health Risk Assesment .. which is basically the same but makes the people "feel" better about insurance going down.

We also had to pee in a cup to pass our "tobacco free" insurance which is $50 less per (paycheck) every 2 weeks for tobacco free.

The company said they might make our wifes or children take a tobacco pee test in the future if they are on our policy.

If you fail pee test you need to take a 8 week cessation class then pee again to get lower insurance .. you can't say you quit and take a test.

The control grid is tightening

BTW

I am a professionl this is just not for the assembly workers