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EEOC Issues New Rules for Wellness Programs
By Rachel Emma Silverman
From The Wall Street Journal on Monday, May 16, 2016
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The incentive limit applies separately to employees and their spouses, so an employee and spouse could together receive 60% of the cost of self-only coverage if they both participate, says Brian Marcotte, the president and chief executive of the National Business Group on Health, which represents large employers’ health programs. Smoking cessation programs may also have higher limits under current health laws.

The final rules go into effect in 2017, and apply to all workplace wellness programs, including those that aren’t tied to an employer’s health insurance program, the EEOC said.

Mr. Marcotte of the National Business Group on Health said that the finalized rules vary little from rules the EEOC proposed last year, so they won’t radically change how most companies administer their health programs.

“It’s business as usual for most employers,” he says.