Posts Tagged: Wellness

Updated Wellness Clarifications

in Affordable Care Act, Wellness Programs

The new FAQs issued yesterday include a number of helpful clarifications with respect to wellness programs.  FAQ 8 provides that if a participant is provided an opportunity to enroll in a tobacco cessation program at the beginning of the year (or before the beginning of the year for the next year) and to qualify for the reward for that year, and the participant fails to so qualify at that time, then the plan is not required to provide a mid-year opportunity to enroll and qualify for the reward.  Under the terms of the final wellness regulations, offering the reward only… Continue Reading

HHS Proposed Regulations – Wellness Plans

in Affordable Care Act, Wellness Programs

This morning HHS released three separate proposed regulations for public inspection. The official copies of the proposed regulations are scheduled to be included in the Federal Register for November 26th. This first group is just the tip of the iceberg. Much more guidance is expected over the next 3-4 months. However, an air of mystery surrounds the most important piece of guidance that was released this morning – the nondiscrimination rules for wellness plans. 1. Guaranteed Availability and Renewability of Coverage. [Link] This proposed rule would implement the Affordable Care Act’s policies related to fair health insurance premiums, guaranteed availability,… Continue Reading