Wellness Programs Won't Help Cos. Avoid ACA Penalties: IRS

Law360, New York (May 2, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT) -- The Internal Revenue Service on Friday is scheduled to announce that most employee wellness programs won’t count toward a health insurance policy’s minimum value that large companies must provide to avoid Affordable Care Act penalties, a blow to businesses that are increasingly incentivizing workers to improve their health.

In a notice to be published in the Federal Register, the IRS will propose that only wellness programs intended to reduce tobacco use can be included when calculating how large a share of costs is borne by a...
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