Health care reform survey results
MILWAUKEE, WI (CRANBERRY) April 24, 2012 - Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act requires employers with more than 50 employees to offer minimal essential health coverage to employees or be subject to a penalty. Over three-fourths of employers plan to continue to offer health benefit coverage for employees once this new requirement takes effect, a new survey reveals. However, a majority of employers are also concerned about their ability to offer affordable health coverage to full-time employees.
The 2012 Health Care Reform Survey was conducted from January 6 to February 24 by Milwaukee-based Zywave, a provider of software solutions for the insurance and financial service industries. Over 7,800 employers nationwide participated in the survey, available in Zywave’s Broker Briefcase product.
Participants came from 14 business sectors, with heaviest representation from services (18 percent), manufacturing (15 percent), nonprofit (11 percent), health care (10 percent) and construction (9 percent). Respondents spanned organization size, with the following breakdown:
Among companies surveyed, 51 percent will definitely continue to offer health benefit coverage, 29 percent will likely continue coverage, 3 percent will likely discontinue coverage, 1 percent will definitely discontinue or have already discontinued coverage, and 19 percent are unsure what they will do when the requirement goes into effect in 2014. “These findings are consistent with other recent surveys on the topic,” said Zywave attorney Erica Storm. “Given the uncertainty surrounding health care reform, employers do not appear eager to make big changes to their benefit offerings. Plus, employers remain concerned about competing for talent and seem nervous that dropping coverage could affect recruiting and retention efforts, despite other health care options provided for in the law.”
Other survey results include:
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