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CVS to require employees to submit personnel health info or pay fine

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A healthy workforce, that's what companies want.

"Our plan design is more about incentives rather than penalties for noncompliance," said John Rabb, the Travis County Insurance Benefits Manager.

"We do have tools like case management, disease management. We have health risk assessments, they're not required. They are voluntary," said Rabb.

CVS Pharmacy says their insurance changes or some high cost areas for our health plan, we can really promote and focus on those areas and then we've got the treatment here on site," explained Rabb.

"It's close to a lot of people's workplace, so that's an immediate thing, you know, they can just walk across the street," said Dr. Margaret Brown, a physician at one of the three health and wellness clinics for Travis County insurance benefactors.

Dr. Brown said, "This is a very good opportunity because we get to educate them more about what's going on with their health."

You can make an appointment to see the doctor, receive education about wellness and then workout for free with a personal trainer...And it's all under one roof.

"They've said things like before I didn't understand why I was on all these medicines... now I do understand and I understand why it's important to my health...and in turn, that's helping me get these problems under control," Dr. Brown said.

Travis County is not done making changes yet, come April 7, employees will no longer be able to smoke on county property.

A CVS spokesperson explains the "benefits program is evolving to help our colleagues take more responsibility for improving their health and managing health associated costs."

"We do differ because we do not penalize, so there's not a premium increase or a premium decrease," said Rabb.

Travis County reps say they will not be moving over to penalties instead of rewards for their insurance participants.

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