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Wellness Programs Get a Health Check

October 8, 2014  /  Public Health, Wellness Programs

Designed to Motivate Workers to Get in Shape, Employers Tread Carefully With Toughened Plans.

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Why ACA guidelines could harm success of wellness programs

September 7, 2014  /  Public Health, Wellness Programs

Large U.S. companies are chafing at federal requirements they say limit the effectiveness of their employee wellness programs.

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Do wellness programs really save companies money?

January 30, 2014  /  Public Health, Wellness Programs

Yes and no, says a new Rand study. The only big cost savings, at least in the short term, come from efforts to help employees who are already sick.

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Rules Sought for Workplace Wellness Questionnaires

September 25, 2013  /  Wellness Programs

A federal lawmaker is asking the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate employer wellness programs that seek intimate health information from employees, and to issue guidelines preventing employers from using such programs to discriminate against workers.

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Obamacare’s Wellness Rules Will Bring More Worker Penalties

June 1, 2013  /  Employers, Wellness Programs

Final rules issued this week from the Obama administration on employee wellness programs are a green light for companies to escalate their use of penalties to coax their employees to better health.

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HHS finalizes wellness rules under healthcare law

May 29, 2013  /  Wellness Programs

The regulations, which implement part of the Affordable Care Act, have sparked concerns from both employers and congressional Democrats. But HHS left its earlier proposal mostly intact as it published final regulations on employer wellness programs.

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Employers Get Leeway on Health Incentives

May 29, 2013  /  Employers, Wellness Programs

The Obama administration issued a final rule on Wednesday that gives employers greater leeway to use employee wellness programs, with financial rewards and penalties for workers worth up to 50 percent of the premium as an incentive to exercise, quit smoking, lose weight, eat more healthful food and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

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Corporate wellness programs: Not quite the cost savers

March 4, 2013  /  Wellness Programs

During the health-reform debate, President Obama held up Safeway as an example for the nation. The company left a footprint in the Affordable Care Act, too. Come 2014, employers will be able to tie as much as 30 percent of an employee’s premium to wellness programs.

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As Company Wellness Programs Grow, Effectiveness Of Financial Incentives Debated

February 22, 2013  /  Wellness Programs

Should the costs of the health benefits employees get through their employers be affected by how healthy — or unhealthy — their lifestyles are?  More companies are answering “yes” to that question and offering financial incentives to those who elect to be in workplace wellness programs, which encourage employees to go to the gym, eat […]

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IRS Proposes Wellness Program Incentive Increases Under Affordable

November 26, 2012  /  Wellness Programs

The Affordable Care Act recognizes that wellrun equitable workplace wellness programs allow workers to access services that can help them and their families … via Bloomberg BNA

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