Employees on employee wellness programs
Written by Katie Carpenter
Dec 11, 2013 2:35 PM
Email from Angela:
I completely support it. I think that prevention is key to reducing health care cost. At the end of the day, if you don’t agree you have the option to not participate and pay the fine.
I was employed by a local hospital with a self-funded health insurance plan. We were required to get mammos at 40. Colonoscopies at 50 and then blood work every 2 years. Once you got the blood work if you needed a follow up call from the insurance company nurse you had to take that call. If you did not comply you paid higher fees. They also stopped hiring smokers and then required employees to certify that they are not smokers. If you didn’t you had to pay a higher fee. The company offered smoking cessation classes. I completely support it. I think that prevention is key to reducing health care cost. At the end of the day, if you don’t agree you have the option to not participate and pay the fine. Unless you are paying 100% of your insurance you need to comply or pay up the money.
My company has imposed all these things for years. I don't agree with it, but I do what I have to do so I can save money. Don't blame the Affordable Care Act because this has been around in many insurance programs for years.
I agree that prevention is a key, but accidents and injuries are often beyond our control. Sad to say, but healthy people sometimes get cancer or fall victim to infections, and no one is immune from accidents, emergencies, and crime.
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