Employers Skeptical of Health Care Reform, But Few Project Dropping Health Insurance Coverage
NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Even in an environment of uncertainty about the future of health care reform, a majority of employers surveyed (56 percent) say that they are likely to continue to offer employer-sponsored health insurance after health care reform is enacted, according to a new survey of benefit decision-makers conducted by GfK Custom Research North America. Only 12 percent of benefits decision-makers say they would be very or somewhat likely to drop coverage, and another 32 percent of the 502 private-sector companies surveyed are unsure what they will do.
Posted on 12/06/2011 11:15 AM by David M Widmer
Health Insurance Refunds Tweaked
The Wall Street Journal
(12/3, Radnofsky, Subscription Publication) reports HHS altered a component of the new healthcare law that requires insurance companies to spend a certain percentage of income from premiums on medical care. Providers not doing so must issue refunds to consumers. On Friday, HHS revised the rule to state that such refunds would be tax-free.
Posted on 12/05/2011 11:00 AM by David M Widmer