The bill asserts that such health promotion and prevention programs help to reduce chronic illness, improve health and limit expanding health care costs.
The bill is intended to “clarify rules relating to nondiscriminatory workplace wellness programs” and gives employers legal grounds to enforce the use of their wellness programs among employees. Specifically, the bill states in Section 2(3):
” … [E]mployers would be permitted to implement health promotion and prevention programs that provide incentives, rewards, rebates, surcharges, penalties, or other inducements related to wellness programs, including rewards of up to 50 percent off of insurance premiums for employees participating in programs designed to encourage healthier lifestyle choices.”
Will Employees Be Penalized for Opting Out of Workplace Vaccines?
Some consumer groups, including the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), are calling on Americans to oppose H.R. 1313 because it essentially coerces employees into employer-run wellness programs, which pertain not only to programs of health promotion but also to “disease prevention offered by an employer.”
“The words ‘disease prevention’ are concerning since not everyone agrees with the use of vaccines to prevent disease,” NVIC noted.
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