Employee Wellness Programs May Undercut ACA, Dems Warn

Law360, New York (January 28, 2013, 4:50 PM EST) -- House Democrats on Friday expressed alarm that employee wellness programs offering financial rewards to workers who get in shape could undercut health reform by allowing discrimination against less-fit Americans who gained new protections in the Affordable Care Act.

The letter from ranking members of six congressional panels criticized so-called health-contingent wellness programs that provide discounts to staffers who lack key risk factors, such as high cholesterol or obesity, that could drive up medical costs. While the ACA instituted protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions, the wellness...
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