Only 2% of employers plan to drop health insurance benefits as a way to deal with increased costs.
Looking to 2014 employers are most concerned about transitional reinsurance fee costs (18%), followed by the costs of providing health benefits to employees who previously did not have coverage (13%), general ACA administrative costs and costs associated with the excise tax on so-called Cadillac health plans (both 10%).
In 2014 the transitional reinsurance fee will be a hefty $63 per covered life in self-funded health plans. The money will be used to fund reinsurance payments to insurers that cover high-risk members in the individual market.
The online survey was conducted in June 2013. The 728 respondents include benefit and human resources professionals and other industry experts.