According to reports, CVS is requiring their employees to disclose their weight and other personal health information – or pay a $600-a-year fine to the company.
The employees must disclose the information to the company’s insurance carrier and must agree to this by signing a certified contract.
In response to the story, CVS Caremark Corp, told the Boston Herald, “our benefits program is evolving to help our colleagues take more responsibility for improving their health and managing health-associated costs.”
Employees must reveal their weight, body fat, height, and blood pressure.
On Wednesday, CVS released this official statement to media, that reads:
“We want to help our employees to be as healthy as they can be, which is why we decided to implement this plan. In fact, we have been working for a number of years on ways they can improve their health through preventive measures. Healthcare programs that incent employees to be healthier are not new. Many companies around the country already have plans similar to the one we are implementing. In fact, 79% of large employers have health assessments incorporated into their programs. To encourage a higher level of participation in our wellness review, we reviewed best practices and determined that an additional cost for those who do not complete the review was the most effective way to incent our colleagues to improve their health care and manage health costs.
“CVS Caremark is committed to providing medical coverage and healthcare programs for our colleagues and privacy is rigorously protected, consistent with HIPAA regulations. All personal health data from these screenings are collected and reviewed by a third-party administrator that supports the CVS Caremark Wellness Program, and this data is not shared with CVS Caremark — rather it is designed to help employees make the best decisions about their own healthcare.”