Thursday, January 7, 2010

Health Reform Bill Could Penalize People Who Don't Go to the Gym, Lose Weight, Stop Smoking

“Going to a company-sponsored gym or smoking-cessation workshop makes for a healthy society, as every member of Congress seems to agree. But if your company or insurer offers a wellness program and you don't go, should you have to pay higher insurance rates than those who attend? That's the crux of little-noticed dispute within Washington that has the nation's major health-care organizations up in arms. The Senate version of health care reform legislation, they say, has provisions that could penalize people not only for refusing to go to health screenings or exercise programs, but also those who attend but still keep smoking or don't bring down their blood pressure or body-mass index. This could undo...

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