Wellness programs and the ACA

Although the controversial individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—also known as “Obamacare”—has received the bulk of attention from both legal scholars and the popular press, another important aspect of the law that employers should be aware of concerns wellness programs. The ACA provides new incentives beginning in 2014 for employers that design plans to help their employees stay healthy. While many large employers already have wellness plans, the Act provides particular benefits for smaller employers. If your organization doesn’t currently have a wellness plan, now might be a good time to consider starting one.

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