016: You Got Peanut Butter in My Food Addiction

by John Bukenas on March 25, 2013

The actual empty jar

The actual empty jar

In this episode I begin to talk a long hard look at my food addiction.  Food addiction is as real as any other addiction.  I’ve used my addiction to relieve my emotions.  So I have never really felt my emotions.  I would use food to make me feel better.  Now that I am aware of this you would think a rational person would be able to control my addiction.

So the key to controlling my food addiction is to learn how to deal with my emotions.  Trust me that is not easy.

CVS Charges Employee’s Fat Tax

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.

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, 2013.

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.”

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.”

Well I asked CVS for an interview and I received an email response:CVS-logo1

“We want to help our employees to be as healthy as they can be, which is why we decided to implement this plan. In fact, we have been working for a number of years on ways they can improve their health through preventive measures.

Health care programs that incent employees to be healthier are not new. Many companies around the country already have plans similar to the one we are implementing. In fact, 79 percent of large employers* have health assessments incorporated into their programs.

To encourage a higher level of participation in our wellness review, we reviewed best practices and determined that an additional cost for those who do not complete the review was the most effective way to incent our colleagues to improve their health care and manage health costs.  CVS Caremark is committed to providing medical coverage and health care programs for our colleagues and privacy is rigorously protected, consistent with HIPAA regulations.

All personal health data from these screenings are collected and reviewed by a third party administrator that supports the CVS Caremark Wellness Program and this data is not shared with CVS Caremark – rather it is designed to help employees make the best decisions about their own health care.”

I call shenanigans.  


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