After several long years hoping for the EEOC to take a clear stance on wellness incentive programs, things are in motion and the final roadblock to the widespread adoption of effective programs is being removed.
On Thursday, April 16, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). This rule would provide the guidance to both employees and employers about wellness programs offered as part of the employer’s group health plan which comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
A week later, on Thursday, April 23, Bravo held a webinar for clients, brokers, prospects, and competitors. It had the largest turnout of any webinar we have hosted to date. The presentation provided information on this recent publication, an EEOC guidance timeline, and samples of non-compliant and compliant plan designs, among other things. Attendees were encouraged to let their voices be heard by commenting on the proposed rule and help bring clarity to the final regulations.