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Penn State to require worker weigh-ins, med screenings

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In an effort to control health care costs, Pennsylvania State University is requiring covered employees and their spouses or partners to provide specific health information and submit to a battery of blood tests. Other­­wise, they’ll pay a $100 surcharge on top of their health premiums.

The plan appears to test the legal limits of wellness programs.

To avoid the surcharge, employees must provide a “full lipid profile” and glucose, body mass index and waist-circumference measurements. High­­mark, Penn State’s health insurance carrier, will provide mobile facilities to collect the information from em­­ployees and their spouses or partners.

Note: While some studies suggest wellness programs provide health care savings, no long-term studies exist to suggest those savings are sustainable. Employers should weigh all the implications—including poor employee morale—before jumping on the wellness bandwagon.

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