CVS Caremark has announced that they will require employees to disclose their weight, height, body fat and blood pressure, or else pay a $600 annual penalty for "health coverage." No other healthcare information is required, such as whether employees are drinkers, drug users, or any other health issue that can be argued is a choice.
CVS says "this data is not shared with CVS Caremark -- rather it is designed to help employees make the best decisions about their own healthcare." In other words, CVS is financially penalizing those who do not want or need CVS to help them make the best decisions about their own healthcare.
Healthcare is a personal choice. Employers are encouraged to offer truly voluntary wellness programs that employees may opt into. But creating "wellness" programs that you can only opt out of at a cost of $600 per year is healthcare blackmail.
We will not patronize CVS pharmacies until this practice ends (for those whose health insurance is through Caremark, we simply ask that you not patronize any additional items from CVS in addition to your medication)
If you'd like to contact management directly, you can find phone numbers and emails here: http://fiercefatties.com/2013/03/20/to-the-mattresses/
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