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Wellness Programs at Work May Not Be as Private as You Think

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Wendy Schobert got a sinking feeling in her stomach the day a local health clinic showed up at her office to collect detailed medical information on her and her co-workers as part of the company’s new wellness program.

If she didn’t participate she’d have to pay the full cost of her insurance -- $5,000 a year. Even so, Schobert said she feared her health data wouldn’t be kept confidential, so she accepted the insurance cost and opted out.