Posted by Pandora, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm
Safeway getting involved in healthcare....PARTICIPANTS BEWARE!
As an employee, we have to adhere to very strict health guidelines (based on Safeway executives, pharmacist, and third party health ins experts...not from doctors and medical experts) otherwise be penalize and pay a higher fee in insurance, medicine, and clinic-care. Their vision of healthcare is based on a one size fits all matrix/grid/tier that one must fall under in order to get full healthcare benefits. For example if you are a 20 year old heathy person you will get full coverage and lower premium vs a 20 year old who has asthma or birth defect getting partial coverage and pay a higher premium. Also in the works is a rewards points program ( gamification) with other to compete who stay the healthiest . So we compete for a discount on insurance, medicine, and care. Also privacy would be an issue as well with this program.
So bottom line Safeway will only insure the very healthy and penalize/capitalize on the not so healthy.
As a employee, I have to partipate in order to be insured. Stick with the tried and true, like a sound healthcare company...not from a grocery industry turned healthcare!