Earlier this year, U.S. President Barack Obama signed the much-talked-about healthcare reform bill into law. What does this mean for fitness professionals? According to a press release from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), a focus on prevention may spur employees and employers alike to purchase gym memberships and work with personal trainers. Here is a breakdown of how the new law could affect fitness facilities nationwide, according to IHRSA:

  • Employees who participate in workplace wellness programs will be eligible for fitness facility discounts of up to 30%. Participants must satisfy specific requirements for body mass index, cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • The law will codify a regulation that allows insurance companies to offer unlimited reimbursement amounts for fitness facility memberships.
  • Medicare Advantage funding increases will freeze in 2011, and that funding will recede thereafter. This may affect availability of programs like Silver Sneakers®.

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