Wellness programs have long been subject to myriad federal and state laws. Primary among these are laws involving discrimination rules. Wellness programs are required to satisfy certain criteria in order to be considered non-discriminatory under the Affordable Care Act.

Recently, the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services published final regulations on wellness programs so that these rules are in compliance with the ACA. Effective Jan. 1, these regulations apply to grandfathered and non-grandfathered plans alike.

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