Congress Plans Incentives for Employers That Offer Wellness

Funding has repeatedly been cited as one of the major challenges for many wellness managers, according to our Workplace Wellness Management Surveys over the years.  A nagging problem. 

A new Congressional development development may focus new attention on workplace wellness programs. 

Congress Plans Incentives for Employers That Offer Wellness 

WASHINGTON — In its effort to overhaul health care, Congress is planning to give employers sweeping new authority to reward employees for healthy behavior, including better diet, more exercise, weight loss and smoking cessation. 

A web of federal rules limits what employers and insurers can do now. 

Congress is seriously considering proposals to provide tax credits or other subsidies to employers who offer wellness programs that meet federal criteria.

In addition, lawmakers said they would make it easier for employers to use financial rewards…..

 For complete article go to:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/10/health/policy/10health.html?ref=global-home

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