Very little is being said about a bill moving through Congress that would allow employers to require its employees enrolled in the company’s wellness program to submit to genetic testing. Under this bill, if the employee does not comply, the employer could require them to pay up to 50% more for their insurance. The bill, HR1313, was approved by the House in mid-March of this year and is set to be folded into a second ACA-related measure.
What will happen if this proposed bill gets passed into law?
- Employees will be stuck between a rock and hard place. If they decline to participate in the company’s wellness program, they will most likely face steeper insurance premiums provided by their employer.
- Employers may be able to use genetics results to disqualify employees from coverage or increase their premiums.
This bill raises many red flags for both employers and employees, definitely a bill to keep a close eye on in the coming months.
In the meantime, here are a few tips and tricks to help employers create a healthier environment: [Read more…]