One of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains is asking its workers how fat they are and plan to give the information to their insurance provider. CVS says workers who use its health insurance plan need to have a doctor determine their height, weight, body fat and blood pressure or pay a $600 annual penalty. The company is launching the program in anticipation of rising health care costs.
When President Barack Obama’s health care reform law kicks in next year, it will allow employers to levy a penalty against workers who don’t take part in company wellness programs.
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