Employer Health Plan Sponsors: Running Harder, to Stay in Place | e21 – Economic Policies for the 21st Century

Highlights from a Mercer briefing in Washington earlier this month include:• Last year’s slow growth of total employee health benefits costs a 16-year low will speed up in 2014, even after employers make a number of plan changes to reduce costs• Overall private employer coverage levels will remain essentially unchanged by the ACA in the near term.• ACA-driven reductions in employee working hours are real, but more prevalent among smaller employers and particular industry sectors• Private employers consistently see the 2018 “Cadillac” tax on high-cost benefits plans as their #1 complaint and are taking a number of early steps to avoid ever paying it.

via Employer Health Plan Sponsors: Running Harder, to Stay in Place | e21 – Economic Policies for the 21st Century.

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