“No that's not fair. That's outrageous! They shouldn't be doing that,” says Marie Shell who opposes CVS’s latest health plan.
CVS pharmacy is under scrutiny after instituting a new health care plan. The company will now require all insured workers to get a wellness exam. That information will reveal their weight, body fat and glucose levels.
“Just because you might be heavy why does it matter where you're working” says Arianna Raboy who opposes the plan.
If employees opt out of the program they'll pay an extra $600 a year for coverage. That's $50 a month. CVS says the goal is to help employees improve their health and manage health-associated costs. That has patient privacy right groups speaking out.
“They may want a healthier workforce, but they're going about it in a destructive way that really offends people and violates their privacy” says Dr. Deborah Peel, the president of Patient Privacy Rights.
Kevin Hamilton works with The Clinica of Sierra Vista. He says this program is aimed at changing the way Americans view their own health.
“The employer is invested in you. If I have to train an employee because you're sick or you leave...that costs me a lot more money if I am the employer” says Hamilton.
CVS says all results will be kept private and not shared within the company. That's a price some central valley residents are willing to pay.
CVS says the new plan goes into effect next year. The company also says it'll pay for the wellness exam.