June 27, 2013

Final Wellness Program Rules: New Requirements Will Likely Require Changes to Outcome-Based Programs

By Sarah Bassler Millar

The Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of the Treasury (collectively, the Departments) recently released final regulations clarifying and amending standards for nondiscriminatory wellness programs to reflect changes to existing provisions made by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.  The final regulations (2014 Final Rules) apply to all group health plans (including grandfathered plans) and group health insurance coverage for plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014.

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