Do I Have to Participate in Employer Wellness Programs?

My employer is requiring that we participate in a bio-metrics screening for a wellness program. I do not need to give my results, I just need to participate. They call it a “know your numbers” program. They pay for the screening and it is being held at our office with an outside organization doing the tests. My employer contributes towards the cost of our medical plans.

If I choose not to participate, I will have to pay the entire premium with no contribution by my employer. Does this make my plan unaffordable where I may be eligible for a subsidy based on my income?

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What about the employers – if employers create and sustain wellness plans it seems, according to research I have done (see one of my sources here:, there is some sort of discount they can receive on healthcare premiums. Yet no one I talk to seems to know anything about it – do you have any information?


So it was a proposed rule, and i’m pretty sure it got passed as part of a bulk update to the law a few years back. I can look into more, but think this page should have some of the answers you are looking for:

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