Beth M. Cubriel
Director at Michael Best Strategies LLC
Tax reform passed both houses of Congress in December and was signed by the President on Dec. 22, 2017. Several weeks after passage, there is some misunderstanding about what is actually in the bill, especially provisions relating to health care. Here is a review of some common misconceptions about the bill and other details affecting how health care is funded or incentivized.
Last week the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate each passed tax reform proposals out of the Ways and Means and Finance committees, respectively.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) amended the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to allow employers to offer incentives to their employees in exchange for voluntary participation in “health-contingent” wellness programs. The design of these wellness programs could include requiring employees to share personal information in order to show they were satisfying the terms of the given wellness program.