Transcript for CVS Requires Employees to Report Weight for Insurance
Well, anger is tipping the scales at one of the nation's largest drugstore chains. Cvs making it amanda seyfried for workers to report weight and body fat if they want to keep getting the company's... See More
Well, anger is tipping the scales at one of the nation's largest drugstore chains. Cvs making it amanda seyfried for workers to report weight and body fat if they want to keep getting the company's health insurance or face a $600 penalty. Steve osunsami has the story. Reporter: Cvs with nearly 200,000 workers told everyone using their health plan they HAVE UNTIL MAY 1st, 2014 TO GET To a doctor and measure their weight. Height, blood pressure and other levels. Employees who agree see no change but those who refuse will pay an extra $50 a month for health insurance. It's technology-enhanced discrimination on steroids. Reporter: The critics are having a field day causing this coercion and worrying that cvs and any other company might start firing sick workers. The approach they're taking is based on the assumption that somehow these people need a whip. They need to be penalized order to make themselves healthy. Reporter: The company says this is voluntary and it never sees the test results. In an e-mail overnight they explained their benefits program is evolving to help our colleagues take more responsibility for improving costs. The goal of these kinds of programs is to end up with a healthier workforce. If your employees are healthy, they're going to work better and they're going to cost the employer a lot less money. Reporter: Cvs points out it's not alone and on the internet we found them. Is my company's wellness program legal? The plan is called voluntary but it seems anything but. Brad found it's perfectly legal and sued broward county when they charged him $40 more after he refused health screenings and lost in court. I know many peoe who worked for broward countyhat said i don't want to do this but this is a tank of gas to me. Reporter: They're telling their employees not to worry, saying that doctors give the test results to an independent company and that cvs never sees
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