Incentives for Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs in Group Health Plans - Final Rule

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The Department of Treasury, Department of Labor, and Department of Health and Human Services issued a joint final rule on employment-based, nondiscriminatory wellness programs. Specifically, these final regulations increase the maximum permissible reward under a health-contingent wellness program offered in connection with a group health plan from 20 percent to 30 percent of the cost of coverage. The final regulations further increase the maximum permissible reward to 50 percent for wellness programs designed to prevent or reduce tobacco use. These regulations also include other clarifications regarding the reasonable design of health-contingent wellness programs and the reasonable alternatives they must offer in order to avoid prohibited discrimination

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Date: Jun 2013
Author: Dept. of Treasury, Dept. of Labor, and HHS