Health Care Reform: Latest Employer Views Regarding Impact of Key Provisions

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Survey results clear-cut on physician, hospital and prescription costs, plan design and contributions.

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Health care reform is an extremely important issue for employers (and their employees) of all sizes, industries and geographic regions and they are anxious about the final outcomes.

United Benefit Advisors, LLC (UBA), (http://www.UBAbenefits.com), one of the nation’s leading employee benefits advisory organizations, released the results of the UBA 2010 Employer Opinion Survey Special Supplement featuring employer opinions on future costs, plan designs and the impact of health care reform provisions being considered by both houses of Congress.

The results of the supplemental questions on Health Care Reform completed by 1510 employers of all size companies, industries and regions of the country are highly representative of what employers believe should be included and excluded in health care reform legislation. Employers clearly believe that the current health care reform effort will not have a positive impact on health care costs. Other results include employer positions on wellness, taxation, exchange/co-op plans and government mandated health care.

“Health care reform is an extremely important issue for employers (and their employees) of all sizes, industries and geographic regions and they are anxious about the final outcomes. Employers are supportive of appropriate reform efforts that would provide coverage and financial protection to their employees while controlling costs. But they indicate that they want the final legislation passed to be a positive result and not just a political gain for either party,” said William Stafford, Vice President, Member Services for UBA.

Additional findings of the 2010 UBA Employer Opinion Survey available in April of 2010 will provide employers with critical benchmarks that allow them to compare their attitudes and strategies regarding employer-provided health care with those of their peers and competitors. “Employers will learn which strategies are actually being implemented (rather than just talked about) and which ones are really working,” said Stafford.

Click here to obtain a copy of the Special Supplement on Health Care Reform, or visit the United Benefit Advisors website at http://www.UBAbenefits.com and use the Advisor Locator to find your local UBA Member Firm.

ABOUT THE UBA SURVEYS
The 2010 UBA Employer Opinion Survey (which delineates employers’ opinions in four key areas: Health Plan Strategies, Benefits Philosophy and Opinion, Health Plan Management and Consumer Driven Health Care) and the 2009 UBA Employer Benefit Perspectives survey (which addressed Employer Communications, Personal Health Management and Scope of Benefits) serve as companion pieces to the 2009 UBA Health Plan Survey. With responses from 17,655 health plans sponsored by 12,316 employers nationwide, the 2009 UBA Health Plan Survey is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive survey of plan design and plan costs. As the largest survey of its kind, the UBA Health Plan Survey defines benchmarks by a greater number of specific industries, regions, and employer size categories than is available from any other resource.

ABOUT UNITED BENEFIT ADVISORS – United Benefit Advisors, is an alliance of more than 140 premier independent benefit advisory firms with offices in more than 165 offices throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K., and is one of the nation's top five employee benefits advisory organizations. As trusted and knowledgeable advisors, UBA Members collaborate with more than 1,900 professionals to seek out ideas, insight, expertise and best-in-class solutions that positively impact employers and make a real difference in the lives of their employees and families. Employers, advisors and industry-related organizations interested in obtaining powerful results from our shared wisdom should visit UBA online at http://www.UBAbenefits.com to locate your local UBA Member Firm.

CONTACT:
William Stafford
Vice President, Member Services
Phone: 317-705-1800

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