Wednesday, August 8. 2012
Despite the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of the Affordable Care Act, most New England businesses plan to keep healthcare plans for their employees, according to a report from the New England Employee Benefits Council.
In total, 86 percent of companies plan to continue their coverage options, while only 1 percent said they would drop the offering. Another 13 percent said they were unsure at this point, the Insurance Journal reported, citing the report.
In additon, the study found more than half of those polled planned to add wellness options to their program, while close to 40 percent are looking into using consumer-directed health plans. Only 8 percent noted they are thinking about dropping coverage.
"Our survey shows that most benefits and HR professionals are becoming more focused on compliance and implementation, with the possible exception of those maintaining grandfathered plans, which are exempt from certain provisions of the law," said Jack Curley, executive director for NEEBC.
Redesigned plans for employers in the region may become too high-priced for some consumers. Those looking for affordable options may want to research online health insurance quotes to find adequate coverage.
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