You’ve heard by this time, no doubt, that employees at Penn State University are protesting the university’s “wellness program.” I put wellness program in quotation marks because, to my mind, a health risk assessment, preventive exam, and biometric health screening don’t qualify as a true wellness program. But that’s what Penn State is asking employees to do — complete an online HRA, attest to an up-to-date preventive physical exam, and get screened, or suffer the consequence of an extra $100 per month surcharge. My definition of wellness program may not be pertinent. But that’s par for the course, as this entire affair is peppered with loosely connected characters, claims, and calls-to-action that obscure some of the most pressing issues the university community faces.
In case you’ve been summering on a remote island, here’s what’s been simmering at Penn State: Continue reading