• What the Final Regulations on Employee Wellness Programs Mean for Employers
  • June 21, 2013 | Author: Lynn Vuketich Luther
  • Law Firm: Eastman & Smith Ltd. - Toledo Office
  • The implementation of wellness programs are one way that employers can attempt to mitigate rising health care costs. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), wellness program discounts will increase in 2014 from 20% to 30% for most wellness programs, and will increase to up to 50% for smoking or tobacco cessation programs. Recently, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued final regulations on how employers should implement these types of programs on a non-discriminatory basis. Employers should note, however, that these regulations involve only non-discrimination involving healthy and unhealthy populations; the final regulations offer no further guidance on the overall nondiscrimination rules involving highly compensated employees that also will be effective in 2014.