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Requiring employees to undergo health-risk assessments could violate the ADA, says EEOC

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Don’t erect artificial barriers to health coverage. The EEOC recently said that employers should not require employees to take health-risk assessments in order to obtain health coverage through the employer. Such tests could violate the ADA’s rules against disability-related inquiries, the EEOC said in an informal discussion letter dated March 6, 2009.

The ruling related to a county government that required employees to go through a clinical health risk assessment (CHRA) as a requirement to obtain health insurance coverage through its self-funded plan. The CHRA included a health questionnaire, blood pressure test and a blood-panel screen. Those who declined weren’t eligible for health coverage.
 

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