Administration Finalizes Rules on Wellness Incentives Under ACA

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The Obama administration May 29 released final regulations increasing, from 20 percent to 30 percent, the maximum permissible reward of a health-contingent wellness program offered through a group health plan.
The regulations, released by the Internal Revenue Service and the departments of Labor and Health and Human Services, also increase the maximum allowed reward to 50 percent for wellness programs intended to prevent or reduce tobacco use, the agencies said.
The final rules (T.D. 9620, RIN 1210–AB55, CMS-9979-F) include clarification on the reasonable design of health wellness programs and the reasonable alternatives they must offer to avoid prohibited discrimination, the agencies said.

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