CVS will penalize workers who don't tell how much they weigh

Published On: Mar 20 2013 01:23:04 PM EDT

CVS, which is one of the largest pharmacy chains in the country, is asking employers to tell how much they weigh and then turn that information over to their insurance provider.

The company also wants employees who use its health insurance to have a doctor determine their height, weight, body fat, blood pressure and other health indicators

CVS Caremark is also asking workers to give permission to the insurer to turn that information over to a firm that provides benefits support to CVS, the Boston Herald reports.

Employees who don't take part in the "wellness review," paid for by CVS, will have to pay an annual $600 penalty.

Michael DeAngelis, a CVS spokesman, wrote in an e-mail statement to The Huffington Post that, compliant with privacy laws, the company won't have access to the health information. Instead, it will only be reviewed by the firm administering CVS’ benefits.

"Our benefits program is evolving to help our colleagues engage more actively to improve their health and manage health-associated costs," DeAngelis wrote. "An initial step to accomplish this goal is a health screening and wellness review so that colleagues know their key health metrics in order to take action to improve their overall health, if necessary."

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