Adam Solander Quoted in “Comprehensive Workplace Wellness Plans Key to Avoiding Cadillac Tax, Attorney Says”

Pension & Benefits Reporter

Adam C. Solander, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in Bloomberg BNA’s Pension & Benefits Reporter, in “Comprehensive Workplace Wellness Plans Key to Avoiding Cadillac Tax, Attorney Says,” by Jeff Day.

Following is an excerpt:

Adam C. Solander, a partner at Epstein Becker & Green PC in Washington, said only a combination of effective wellness and population health programs on one hand, and innovative health-care payment programs on the other, will keep health plan costs below the Cadillac tax thresholds.

Wellness programs are getting more sophisticated as employers “double down” on efforts to promote healthy employee behaviors, Solander said June 4 at a health insurance conference, adding that recent research indicates that broad wellness programs are cost-effective. …

The recent ACA obligation to extend health insurance to part-time employees working 30 hours or more a week will make it harder to avoid the Cadillac tax, as research indicates the part-time workforce overall isn’t as healthy as the full-time workforce, Solander said. Wellness programs and population health programs – or those that promote the health of all employees and their beneficiaries – need to reach this new population, Solander said.