A few jobs ago, I had health insurance from a company who would give me $100 if I went to the gym 50 times in 6 months. I took advantage of this 3 times, a strategy which allowed me to save $300 on my gym membership. Another job had a small on-site gym and free weekly yoga classes. Both of which I took advantage. Another place I worked had free fitness classes, walking groups, and nutrition lectures. My current health insurance company give me discounts on vitamins, gyms, massages, and yes even diet programs.
These are incentives. I have an option of doing them or not. If I don't participate, I lose out only on free or inexpensive ways to make myself healthy.
CVS drug stores have recently announced that all their employees must submit their weight, glucose levels, blood pressure, and body fat to a "third party" or face a penality of $600.
This isn't an incentive. They aren't offering a free Amazon card for submitting, they are penalizing their employees for refusing to submit.
“This is an incredibly coercive and invasive thing to ask employees to do,” said Patient Privacy Rights founder Dr. Deborah Peel, adding that mounting health care costs have made these policies increasingly common.
CVS responded that this is an incentive, and they don't plan to do anything with the information. They are merely concerned about the health of their employees.
Our initial request three years ago was that employees take a first step toward better health by getting a private health screening with the provider of their choice. But we realized many more people needed to participate. So this year, we made our incentive clearer, by letting employees know how much their premiums would go up if they didn't get screened. -- From CVS's facebook page March 20, 2013
Essentially if the employees don't get a "voluntary" health screen, they wouldn't get the incentive of not getting a penalty.
I have to wonder why CVS has decided they need this information so badly they have to threaten their employees. Could this be a slippery slope of getting rid of people deemed "sick?" Considering that they've already told their smoking employees to quit smoking or be in a program (Which is amusing considering that CVS sells cigarettes.)
Smokers working for CVS are also warned: “You must either be tobacco-free by May 1, 2014, or participate in the WebMD tobacco cessation program.” Defiant smokers can avoid penalties if they are healthy enough in other categories specified by the company.
I can almost see the fat employees who have to either become thin or enrolled in a weight loss plan. Next diabetics will have to control their sugar or else. Fuck genetics.
I've decided to pull all my perscriptions from CVS over this. Please sign this petition to let CVS know not only is this not acceptable but we won't be using them until they change their policy.