AARP Suit Adds Fuel To Simmering Debate Over Employee Wellness Programs
AARP argues that the programs violate anti-discrimination laws aimed at protecting workers’ medical information, a worry that underscores the new rush to offer financial incentives to improve employee health.
The New York Times:
AARP Sues U.S. Over Rules For Wellness Programs
Employers have raced to offer workers a hefty financial incentive to sign up for programs meant to improve their health, submitting personal medical details in the process. But as these programs have spread, so has resistance from employees dubious about sharing that information with employers. On Monday, that tension erupted in a federal lawsuit against the government agency that handles the rules on these so-called wellness programs. (Abelson, 10/24)
In other news on aging —
Kaiser Health News:
For Seniors, Teeth Need Care — But Insurance Coverage Is Rare
Aging can take a toll on teeth, and for many seniors paying for dental services is a serious concern because they can’t rely on their Medicare coverage. Low-income seniors, in particular, are struggling. More than a third with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level (about $23,000 annually) had untreated tooth decay between 2011 and 2014, according to an analysis of federal data by the American Dental Association. (Andrews, 10/25)
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