Dept. of Health and Human Services Wellness Programs

The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980... more +
The United States Department of Health and Human Services is a federal executive department established in 1953, as part of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The Agency became independent in 1980 and was renamed The Department of Health and Human Services at that time. HHS is charged with protecting and improving the health of the American population, as well as providing essential services.    less -
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Grand Theft PHI – Are Vendors Putting You at Risk for a HIPAA Breach?

Your vendor’s employee goes home after a long day of collecting wellness questionnaires and biometric screening results only to wake up the next day to discover that her car has been stolen from her driveway. As you can...more

Employment Law - November 2014

State Voters Pass Paid Sick Leave, Wage Increases - Why it matters: The polls have closed and the votes are in: The midterm elections will have a significant impact on employers across the country as voters in multiple...more

Employee Benefits: Important Wellness Plan and Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder Parity Effective Dates Have Arrived!

Employers and insurers offering medical plans: take note! Two important final regulations issued jointly by the IRS, DOL and HHS (the “Departments”) apply to plan years (or, in the individual market, policy years) beginning...more

Does Your Wellness Plan Need a (Legal) Check-Up?

Wellness plans must comply with complex final regulations that were issued last year by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (collectively, the “Departments”). To help plans from falling off...more

Welcomed Guidance on Wellness Programs

On June 3, 2013, the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services (Agencies) issued final regulations regarding nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health coverage under the Affordable Care Act and...more

Recent Guidance on Wellness Programs Clarifies Premium Surcharges for Tobacco Use

As previously reported, the federal agencies responsible for drafting the rules implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (the U.S. Labor Department, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Treasury...more

Workplace Wellness Programs

Recognizing that unhealthy lifestyles affect people of all ages, including those in the workforce, employers are using legally sanctioned incentives in an attempt to change behavior toward better and healthier choices through...more

ACA Not Enough to Save Penn State’s Employee Wellness Program

Recent negative media reports caused Pennsylvania State University to modify its employee wellness program, making clear that considering compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) alone is...more

Wellness Programs Final Regulations

On May 29, 2013, the Departments of the Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services issued final regulations on wellness programs based on statutory changes made by The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the...more

Final Wellness Regulations Create New Program Categories and Complications

The Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) recently published final Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) regulations on wellness programs, effective in 2014. The regulations retain the...more

Final Wellness Rules May Require Review of Existing Wellness Programs

Final wellness regulations were issued by the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (the “Departments”) on June 3, 2013 and apply to employer-sponsored group health plans for plan years beginning on or...more

Update: Employer Responsibilities Under The Affordable Care Act

ON JULY 2 THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED A ONE YEAR DELAY OF REQUIREMENTS FOR LARGE EMPLOYERS (50 OR MORE FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES) TO REPORT THE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THEY OFFER THEIR EMPLOYEES, AS WELL AS PENALTIES FOR...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - June 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..CMS Finalizes MLR Rule for Plans, Maintaining Application to Part D Sponsors ..Early State Filings Show Premium Reductions under ACA ..HHS Received More Than 830 Letters of...more

Final Regulations Issued On Nondiscriminatory Wellness Programs – New Rules For Outcome-Based Programs

On May 29, 2013, the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services released final regulations on nondiscriminatory wellness programs in group health plan coverage. The regulations largely follow the proposed...more

Final Wellness Program Regulations Issued

On May 29, 2013, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury (the “Departments”) issued final regulations on implementing and expanding employment-based wellness programs. The rules set forth in the final...more

Health Care Reform Update -- May 13, 2013

In This Issue: Implementation of the Affordable Care Act; Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings and Mark-Ups...more

Proposed Regulations Would Promote Growth of Wellness Programs

Five federal agencies have collectively proposed regulations to implement elements of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") healthcare reform legislation designed to encourage employers to sponsor employee wellness programs. The...more

Wellness Programs: Keeping Up With the Times

On November 20, 2012, the IRS, DOL and HHS jointly issued proposed regulations under the Affordable Care Act building on existing HIPAA regulations of wellness programs. The new proposed regulations provide clearer guidance...more

Proposed Affordable Care Act Regulations are Designed

With the conclusion of the 2012 elections, federal agencies now are releasing proposed regulations crucial to the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Affordable Care Act). On Tuesday,...more

Wellness Programs Receive Welcome Tune-Up Under Proposed Regulations

The regulatory log-jam in Washington seems to finally be loosening up in the aftermath of the election, and the troika of agencies primarily responsible for overseeing implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable...more

Wellness Programs Encouraged Under the Affordable Care Act

On November 20, 2012, the federal government released a number of important proposed rules implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). An earlier update from Akerman's Healthcare Practice Group focused on the proposed...more

Proposed Regulations Address Discrimination in Wellness Programs

The Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services have issued a revised set of proposed regulations for nondiscrimination in wellness programs. The regulations prohibit a wellness program offered as part of a...more

New Guidance on Wellness Programs Issued

On November 20, 2012, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury (hereinafter, the "Departments") issued long-awaited guidance on several key provisions of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), including...more

New Proposed Wellness Guidance under PPACA

New proposed employer wellness program regulations have been released under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On November 20, 2012, the U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Labor (DOL) and Health and Human...more

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