On May 29, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Treasury, and the Department of Labor (DOL) released joint guidance on nondiscriminatory group wellness programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This final rule establishes standards for all grandfathered and non-grandfathered group health plans with plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. The final rule largely maintains the guidance issued in the proposed rule, but makes a number of clarifications.
Under the rule, wellness programs are divided into two categories – participatory wellness programs and health-contingent wellness programs. For more read here.