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Health Incentive Programs Cause Concerns

EMPLOYEE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 21, 2012

Incentive programs offered by employers for discounts on health insurance premiums are causing concerns about employee privacy, Minnesota Public Radio reports. At the University of Minnesota Press, for example, employees will receive a $300 discount on health insurance premiums in 2013 for participating in a health-risk questionnaire, health coaching and biometric screening, the report states. One expert says about 90 percent of companies offer health-based incentives. Despite the University of Minnesota’s assurance that health data on employees is collected by a third party and returned as an aggregate number, some have expressed concerns. The Center for Democracy and Technology’s Deven McGraw recommends employees ask questions about data collection and use.
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