Friday, September 21, 2012

July 2012 Readers’ Poll Results

The FHIcommunications Readers' Poll for July was conducted in partnership with Marcum Healthcare. We asked:

Now that SCOTUS has ruled on the ACA, what will small employers do with regard to health benefits?

There were a total of 175 participants in the poll. 31% believe small employers will not provide health benefits and therefore pay a fine.  Reflecting a concern voiced by many on both sides of the aisle, just 7% of subscribers feel undersized firms will continue to offer health benefits as before, understanding premiums are expected to keep rising. The majority of participants (56%) are of the opinion that companies will opt to offer reduced health benefits that still meet ACA criteria (i.e. much larger family and individual deductibles). As always we encouraged readers to write in their own answers. Some suggested firms will reduce workforce to below fifty full time employees to avoid a fine. Other, more optimistic participants suggested that companies will look at products on the Insurance Exchange.

Editor's Note: Percentages will not add up to 100 due to rounding errors and write-in votes.

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