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CVS To Workers: Give Us Your Medical Records

From the Boston Herald:

CVS presses workers for medical information

Privacy group decries ‘invasive’ act

By Christine McConville | Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A national data privacy group is seeing red over a new CVS policy that requires workers who use company health insurance to report their weight, and body fat and glucose levels to the insurer — or pay a $600-a-year penalty.

“This is an incredibly coercive and invasive thing to ask employees to do,” said Patient Privacy Rights founder Dr. Deborah Peel, adding that mounting health care costs have made these policies increasingly common.

“Rising health care costs are killing the economy, and businesses are terrified,” Peel added. “Now, we’re all in this terrible situation where employers are desperate to get rid of workers who have costly health conditions, like obesity and diabetes.”

Actually, this is the Obama’s dream coming to fruition. After all, it’s all the ‘mandates’ in Obama-Care that are forcing private insurers into these draconian positions in a desperate attempt to save money.

But Obama-Care won’t be blamed, the private companies will be. In fact, people will leave their private insurers and flock to Obama-Care to escape these kind of intrusions into their lives.

Rhode Island-based 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 company has dubbed the request “a health screening and wellness review so that colleagues know their key health metrics in order to take action to improve their numbers, if necessary.”

On top of that, according to NBC News, CVS workers also have to be "tobacco-free" by May 1, 2014 or they will also have to pay this fine. (Though they can avoid it by participating in a "tobacco cessation program.”

CVS says it will pay for the weight, body fat and blood screenings.

But in exchange, workers must sign a form saying the screening is voluntary, and that the insurer can give test results to WebMD Health Services Group. The firm provides health management programs and benefit support to CVS.

If workers don’t sign up, their medical coverage will jump by $50 a month.

Peel said the $600 noncompliance penalty shows the program isn’t voluntary. “How is it voluntary if you are a low- or medium- wage person?” she said.

CVS spokesman Michael D’Angelis defended the policy, saying, in an email, “Our benefits program is evolving to help our colleagues take more responsibility for improving their health and managing health-associated costs.”

He said CVS bosses won’t be able to access workers’ personal health records.

“All personal health data is kept private by our wellness program’s third party administrator and is never shared with CVS Caremark,” D’Angelis said.

And we should believe them, too.

By the way, whatever happened to the left’s mantra: ‘hands off my body’? Or does that only apply to abortion?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “CVS To Workers: Give Us Your Medical Records”

  1. canary

    What CVS is doing is illegal. CVS already has contracts with the Federal Government for discounted prescriptions.

    CVS’s is violating of the The Civil Rights Act, American with Disabilities Act, and Federal HIPPEA privacy medical rights is violates their Civil Rights and HIPPEA laws.

    This is a clear sign that CVS will get the Federal Government contract and control of prescriptions.

    In comparison to in Cuba who make people stand in long lines for one aspirin and having to come back the next day if they need another aspirin, I can see CVS following suit. To think Cuba has better medical treatment than Venezuela who has abandoned medical facilities.

    Meanwhile, the Syria Revolutionaries fighting for democracy have taken over hospitals in Syria.
    They are already inflicting Sharia Law on the civilians, beating them with toilet pipes for starters giving reporters demonstrations to show it’s not that bad a punishment.

  2. Right of the People

    CVS just lost my business. I’m going to tell all my friends to boycott them too.

  3. “Now, we’re all in this terrible situation where employers are desperate to get rid of workers who have costly health conditions, like obesity and diabetes.”

    That’s the whole point. And with the way Obamacare also makes family coverage outrageously expensive, look for the obese/overweight, those with chronic health conditions, and family providers to be the first laid off when employers have to cut back.

    Forward!




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