Final rules issued on incentives for nondiscriminatory wellness programs

The federal agencies with health reform regulatory oversight continue to publish guidance to implement provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA amended the HIPAA provisions relating to nondiscrimination on the basis of health status and employer-sponsored wellness programs. On November 26, 2012, the agencies jointly issued proposed regulations on this topic; on June 3, 2013, they published a final rule, with an indication that future guidance may be issued.

This Client Action Bulletin discusses the final rule on incentives for nondiscriminatory wellness programs.