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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/22/cvs-wants-workers-weight-body-fat-and-glucose-levels.html

 

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"... Employers are responding to mounting <insurance> costs by mandating employees disclose information about their health such as weight, fat, and glucose. CVS is one such business that will begin requiring this information, with a penalty fee of $50 per month for noncompliance.

CVS Caremark, which has 200,000 employees, told all workers who use the company insurance plan to have a doctor determine their weight, height, body fat, blood pressure and glucose and fasting lipid levels by May 1, the Boston 


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There is a petition at change.org.  I don't think these things do any good, but here is the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/cvs-caremark-pharmacies-stop-requiring-employees-to-turn-over-their-private-medical-information

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Sadly, I think this is just the beginning of this sort of thing. Shouldn't this be under HIPPA?

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I also think we will see more of this, unfortunately.

 

I'm not sure it will help, but I signed the petition, sent an email to CVS customer service, and canceled my CVS care account.

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I'm all for it. 

 

There is an incredible problem with obesity in this country and, until people are hit where it really matters to them - their bank accounts - it is only going to continue worsening.  Insurance costs are going through the roof and employers that help shoulder the insurance costs (and, the insurance companies, themselves) have every right to watch their bottom line in controlling expenses.

 

With that increase, health costs continue to rise as everyone helps shoulder the costs for everyone.  I certainly resent helping to pay for someone's health care when it involves their lack of self-control.

 

I know several people that have health problems that would be considerably lessened or disappear if they would only lose the excess weight they are carrying around.  They are covered by the same insurance we are (through the federal government employee program) and their medical visits are astounding.  Four couples (each of them are overweight) have children that are also overweight (and they are still in grammer school!).  They refuse to acknowledge their weight problems and complain about how bad their own health is and how their children are teased or are being singled-out because they can't do this or that ("They get tired so easily" or "PE is just too hard").  Another generation of obesity is coming upon us rapidly.

 

I'm 54 and children today (and, too many adults) are overweight in ways that we never saw when I was young.  The overweight child was the unusual one, they were rare.  Now, they are the norm.

 

If someone doesn't want to have insurance and to share their information, then they have every right to skip the insurance.  But, don't ask for help in paying for their expenses.

 

I'm sure I'll be royally flamed for this, but that's how I feel. 

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Well, I am not going to get into a flame fest (right now, at any rate), but I will say that overweight does not necessarily equal poor health.  

 

It also looks like they are only targeting obesity.  What about other serious health issues  - such as smoking and alcoholism?  

 

Targeting only one issue looks has elements of "fattism" that I am uncomfortable with.  


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