Kaiser Health News published a feature-length investigation about coercion in workplace wellness programs. The piece addresses a proposed rule published this Spring by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission which attempts to strike a balance between employers who want to use ACA-approved incentives to drive worker participation and consumer advocates who see penalties for not joining as de facto coercion. Under the proposal, wellness programs would be considered voluntary so long as the employer rewards or penalizes an employee no more than 30 percent of the cost of health insurance for a single worker. Since the average cost for such coverage is $6,025 a year, the 30 percent limit would be about $1,800.
Read the article in full from KHN here.