Understanding Employee Benefits and key developments in the employee benefits field and items of interest to our clients. MORE

HIPAA nondiscrimination provisions prohibit group health plans and health insurance issuers from discriminating against individual participants and beneficiaries in eligibility, benefits, or premiums based on a health factor.  Wellness programs offered in conjunction with group health plans must also be nondiscriminatory.

Final regulations issued on June 3, 2013, describe nondiscriminatory wellness programs.  The regulations amend

This is the fourth in a series of articles about health care reform.

Q.1 I have heard that there are provisions in the Act to encourage the development of wellness programs in health plans. Is that true?
A.1 Yes. One provision in the Act requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop requirements