Former Calif. Rep. Tauscher Defends Employee Wellness Programs in Opinion Piece
In an opinion piece in The Hill's "Congress Blog," former Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-Calif.) wrote, "Employee wellness programs ... provide incentives, information and supportive communities to help employees and their families become healthier, limiting the impact of chronic disease and saving lives." However, such programs are "under assault" by "misguided and ill-informed" regulations proposed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she wrote. Tauscher added, "That said, the EEOC does have an essential role to play in guaranteeing freedom of access for these important programs. As such, I encourage the EEOC to ensure companies offer robust employee wellness programs aimed at helping employees take control of their health care choices."
- "Rules Would Sap Employee Wellness Programs" (Tauscher, "Congress Blog," The Hill, 7/23).