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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Outcomes-Based Wellness Programs and the Affordable Care Act

It's hard to believe that almost five years have passed since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. The law was a game-changer for wellness because it allowed employers to base incentives on actual health outcomes, not just participation. Now, five years later, outcomes-based wellness programs are commonplace.

From the very beginning, regulatory agencies struggled to set up clear rules governing outcomes-based incentives. We blogged about the first attempt back in 2013, and even authored a free guide to help employers understand the new rules (still available for download as a PDF).

The regulatory process is still ongoing. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has sued several large companies, citing violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). And as recently as last week, Senator Pat Murray of Washington promised that clearer rules from the EEOC are coming soon.

It's so important to work with a wellness partner who stays current. Even large, well-heeled corporations have found themselves in hot water, so make sure your vendor is on top of the latest regulations. You really can't afford to go it alone!

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