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CVS Health Fines Alarm Workers

By Ben Rainwater
By brainwater@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - Rhode Island based CVS Pharmacy is making major waves with a new policy.

As of May 1, 2014, the drug store chain said it will require health checkups for all employees who use company health insurance.

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News spoke with a local small business owner who has mixed opinions about this new policy.

"I think it's the responsibility of a company to make sure their insurance stays current and correct," said local business owner Matt Cleek.

"And mandatory checks that they have on the employee, I think is the right of the employer."

But if you do not get the exam, workers better have $600 in your pocket, because that is how much CVS employees will get fined.

Those workers also have to pay an additional $50 per month for their regular health insurance.

"I think that the monetary penalty for not getting a health check is inappropriate. You shouldn't punish your workers. I think they should provide them the opportunity to have the checks done," said Cleek.

Some workers are up in arms over the thought of employers taking more money out of their paychecks, just because they do not want to take a medical exam.

One of those workers is Charles Williams.

"It should always be up to the person whether they decide to get a checkup or not," said Williams.

The big fear, for now, is the policy spreading nationwide to companies big and small.

"Let's say you've got to take an exam but you don't make it and it's not really your fault. So now you're stuck with a premium that you can't even pay," said Williams.

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News hoped to talk with someone at Jackson's CVS, but were referred to a national spokesperson who was unavailable.

However, there are reports where someone speaking on behalf of CVS defended the policy saying the program will help colleagues take more responsibility for their own health.
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