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May, 23 2017

Compliance Challenges of Wellness Programs

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Employers that offer health benefits to their employees may also offer wellness programs to contain health plan costs, help employees stay healthy and increase employees’ knowledge as health care consumers. Wellness programs – also referred to as disease-management programs, employee wellness plans or programs, corporate wellness programs, or a range of other names – take many forms. They may cover only employees, or they may also cover other family members. Wellness programs may offer only limited benefits (e.g., informational brochures or periodic educational sessions) or a wide range of benefits (e.g., information, education, preventive care and wellness rewards).

Wellness programs also interact with several federal laws, such as HIPAA, GINA, the ADA and most recently, health care reform.

Our parent company, NFP Corp., has released a document that addresses the compliance challenges a wellness program can pose to employers.