Clearing the Smoke on Outcome-Based Wellness Programs
Annual enrollment is the time of year when employers often look to make changes in their plan designs and the contribution employees pay for group health plan coverage. One of the changes often under consideration is a smoking cessation incentive in the form of premium differential for employees that smoke versus those that do not or choose to quit. What employers sometimes fail to recognize is that it must be done through an employer-sponsored wellness program to be compliant. In this post, we help clear some of the confusion surrounding smoking cessation programs by briefly looking at some common considerations.