In the latest round in the debate over employment-based wellness programs, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HSS), Labor and the Treasury have issued final regulations on the treatment of such programs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the new regulations raise the maximum permissible reward that may be offered in connection with certain wellness programs, they make clear that outcome-based financial incentives must be widely available to program participants. All employers who have incorporated outcome-based wellness program as part of their group health plan should review the new regulations carefully to ensure their programs are in compliance before the regulations take effect. To read the full article, click here.