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Business groups have reacted positively toward the EEOC’s rule clarification defining “voluntary” in the context of employee wellness programs encouraged under the ACA. The rule, published last week, allows programs to incentivize and penalize employee participation with a figure equal to or less than 30 percent of that employee’s health insurance costs to the company. Steve Wojcik, vice president for public policy at the National Business Group on Health, told Kaiser Health News: “This is a big step forward, primarily because the EEOC has defined what it means for a wellness program to be voluntary.” Labor representatives have criticized the new rule on the grounds that choosing between a fine that could amount to several thousand dollars a year and health testing that could compromise their privacy is not a voluntary choice.

Read more at Kaiser Health News here.

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