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Punitive wellness programs

Penn State faculty are organizing a campaign against the university's new punitive wellness program, which reduces employees' compensation by $1200 per year unless they undergo medical testing and provide personal information to online data collector WebMD (including such information as whether they are having marriage problems or are planning to become pregnant).

http://pa-aaup.com/2013/07/30/the-penn-state-healthcare-mandate-and-a-call-for-civil-disobedience/

There is a change.org petition.
http://www.change.org/petitions/penn-state-president-rodney-a-erickson-benefits-office-and-trustees-stop-the-new-penn-state-wellness-program-and-its-surcharges

Here is another article about it.
http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2013/08/12/penn-state-to-faculty-were-doing-this-for-your-own-bad/

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cappyhead
Sep. 15th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
Ugh. My company offers up to $600 per covered plan member that gets put in your health savings account if you get particular wellness check-ups and either meet their BMI goals, or lose a particular percentage of your body weight, or undergo a telephonic "coaching" series. So it's not punitive, but rather a "bonus", but I still don't like it. And at least we don't have to submit personal information to an outside vendor.
firecat
Sep. 16th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Ew!
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firecat
Sep. 16th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Are you penalized for not complying?
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