From the earliest days of the Affordable Care Act, our survey found that large employers overwhelmingly remained committed to providing health coverage. This was not the case with small employers. Concerned about coverage mandates and increasing costs, many small employers thought it was likely that they would drop their plans within five years. But over the past few years there has been a dramatic decrease in the numbers of small employers (those with 50-499 employees) threatening to eliminate coverage and send employees to the public exchanges – from 21% in 2013, to 15% last year, to just 7% today. In his recent Forbes article covering the latest results of Mercer’s National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, Bruce Japsen asked me to weigh in on this trend and small employers’ motivations for continuing to offer health benefits – which of course I was happy to do.
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