Employer Wellness Programs - Final Rules Under The Affordable Care Act
By GLOBAL COMPENSATION, BENEFITS, AND ERISA PRACTICE
Many employers offer wellness programs in conjunction with their health plans. On May 29, 2013, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury issued final rules implementing Affordable Care Act rules regarding group health plan related employment-based wellness programs. These rules generally apply to all group health plans and take effect on January 1, 2014. Employers that will offer wellness programs after 2013 should prepare now for compliance, and keep an eye out for future EEOC guidance.