The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is movingforward with guidelines for corporate wellness plans that coverrequests for family medical history in exchange for planincentives.

EEOC has been mulling such plan incentives to ensure that planparticipants aren’t unduly punished or rewarded for parting withsuch sensitive information. The agency wants to developpolicies that bring wellness plan incentives (and penalties) inline with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Its latest strategy for allowing wellness plan managers togather genetic/medical data without running afoul of GINA wasreleased Friday in its proposal to amend GINA’s application towellness plans.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.