Majority of employers will continue to offer health benefits after ACA enacted

Majority of employers will continue to offer health benefits after ACA enacted

Healthcare Finance News, Chris Anderson, Senior Editor

More than half of all employers said they will continue to offer employer-sponsored health benefits after health reform is fully enacted according to the results of a survey of benefits decisions makers released by GfK Custom Research North America.

Even with many of the details of health reform uncertain, 56 percent of major employers surveyed indicated they would continue to offer health benefits compared with 12 percent who said they would be either very or somewhat likely to drop employee coverage. Thirty-two percent of the 502 private-sector employers surveyed were unsure what they would do once health reform is fully enacted.

“This survey suggests that firms aren’t considering a wholesale flight from employee healthcare coverage as healthcare reform is implemented,” said Tim Nanneman, vice president and director of health insurance research at GfK, in a press release announcing the survey results. “However, many employers are skeptical about the potential effects of healthcare reform.”

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