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A new policy by CVS Pharmacy requires every one of its nearly 200,000 employees who use its health plan to submit their weight, body fat, glucose levels and other vitals or pay a monthly fine.

Employees who agree to this testing will see no change in their health insurance rates, but those who refuse will have to pay an extra $50 per month - or $600 per year - for the company's health insurance program. All employees have until May 1, 2014, to make an appointment with a doctor and record their vitals. ....

Of course their health insurance rates won't change. I mean, just because they're collecting all that data doesn't mean they're going to do anything with it.

CVS, which is based in Rhode Island, said the health screening was voluntary and the company would never see the test results [Oh ha ha ha]. In an email to ABC News, CVS explained that its "benefits program is evolving to help our colleagues* take more responsibility for improving their health and managing health-associated costs.

"Voluntary" except for the fine. I know a mandate when I see one.

NOTE * Slaves.

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Submitted by lambert on

That CVS sells food whose effects deny its own employees health insurance is beautiful in its own way.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

Thanks to Mike Bloomberg, New Yorkers will have nothing to fear when they report their vitals to CVS, because soda-bans, trans-fat bans, cigarette-hiding, bike lanes!

I can hear "Nanny" screech "See, I helped you all."

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

... this is a horror story. The fact that CVS feels it can implement this policy and get away with it. Time to unionize CVS and start re-humanizing labor (in addition to getting minimum wages up to sustainable living standards, i.e., a minimum of $20/hr.)

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Submitted by illusionofjoy on

This isn't new - at my old job (the one I, along with 200 others, was laid off from over a year ago) they had a "health fair" every year where all employees who allowed their vitals to be taken received a discount on their monthly premiums. I never participated in poke-n-prod fest, but I did once go to the website where one was to fill in the numbers once they'd been recorded to see what they were asking for. Had I more medical knowledge, I probably could have given them a completely fabricated submission.