“Well” Wishes: PPACA and wellness programs

Plan Sponsor has a weekly feature to help plan sponsors understand what they need to do to prepare for the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Groom principals, Christy Tinnes and Brigen Winters, serve as the health care reform experts and field weekly questions regarding the new law. The weekly questions are compiled and published each month in the “Second Opinon” column in Plan Sponsor Magazine.

Following passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), employers have a renewed interest in encouraging healthy behaviors and decreasing health-care costs through wellness programs.

This is partly because PPACA increased the amount of incentives employers may offer, which gives employers more flexibility in how to structure their programs. This month, we look at the impact PPACA has had on these program designs.

These Q&As first appeared online on in May. As health care law is rapidly evolving, there may be further developments since the initial publication.