Drug Store Chain Requires Employees To Provide Medical Info To Insurer

By Emma Koch

Drug Store Chain Requires Employees To Provide Medical Info To Insurer

March 20, 2013 Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 9:59 PM EST

UNITED STATES (www.incnow.tv) -- A national drug store chain is requiring its employee's to report their weight, body fat levels and glucose levels or else pay a $600 penalty.

A spokesperson for the chain said that the use of health screenings by employer-sponsored health plans is a common practice. He cited a National Business Group on Health survey that shows 79% of employers offered a health assessment in 2011 and 76% of those employers offered incentive for completion. He continues that 62% of large employers offered biometric screenings and 52% of those employers offered incentives for completion.

The company insists that the policy will comply with HIPAA policies and maintain employee privacy. This will impact more than 200,000 employees nationwide.

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