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Wellness incentives at risk as health care bill moves through Congress

 

Wellness incentives at risk as health care bill moves through Congress

Employers are urging the Senate to keep a controversial amendment in a leading healthcare reform bill that gives them more leeway to reward workers’ healthy behaviors. But groups representing people with chronic diseases are urging lawmakers to jettison it.

Dubbed the “Safeway amendment” after the grocery chain’s pioneering employee wellness programs, the amendment would allow employers to provide more financial incentives to workers to lose weight, quit smoking and get preventive care.

Under current wellness program regulations, set in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, health plans can offer financial rewards to workers who achieve a certain health goal up to 20% of the cost of the employee’s share of the premium.

http://corporatewellnesstoday.blogspot.com/

 

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November 19, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare, Prevention and Wellness | , ,

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