08/08/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

AmeriGas To Employees: Get Checkups Or Lose Your Insurance

Last year, AmeriGas Propane Inc. gave its employees an ultimatum: get their medical checkups, or lose their health insurance.

The nationwide propane distributor took the unusual step after facing years of steep increases in the cost of health coverage for its roughly 6,000 workers. The company's work force was aging, and many employees had unhealthy habits the average worker is 46, and around 44% are smokers. And people weren't getting tests or preventive care that could help them avoid heart attacks, diabetes or cancer.