The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is moving to require all employers to provide employees with personal health information to better understand their health, according to a draft regulation released Wednesday.
The rule would require companies to disclose employees’ medical and health history and conduct “informed delivery” mailings to employees and their family members.
It would also require employers to use a health plan to contact employees and give them “informed comments” about their health and well-being.
A draft version of the rule has not been finalized by the federal government and was made public late Wednesday.
The proposal is the latest effort to require employers and other employers to offer privacy protections for employees’ health information.
The draft rules, which have not yet been finalized, would be similar to the one that was finalized last year in response to an employee-driven movement to make health care more accessible to everyone.
But they would require employers in many other ways to comply with the health care law.
The rules would not apply to health plans, which would remain covered by the health insurance exchanges that have been set up under the Affordable Care Act.