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Rhode Island introduces wellness program incentives bill

Last week, legislation was introduced in the Rhode Island legislature that proposes a financial incentive for employers to provide a worksite wellness program.

Introduced by state Rep. Mia Ackerman (Cumberland and Lincoln), House Bill 7320 would create a tax credit for a quarter of the cost a small business incurs for implementing a qualifying wellness program. What constitutes a "qualifying wellness program" is not spelled out in HB 7320, but is instead left up to state regulators if the bill becomes law.

IHRSA defends the industry by preventing states from imposing harmful restrictions on membership contracts, restricting access to qualified personal trainers and taxing club dues and services.

IHRSA also works to promote clubs by supporting legislation that would create incentives for more people to become physically active and join their local health club.

Read more on this and more on the IHRSA members-only Rhode Island Legislative page.

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