Nearly 9 in 10 employers are committed to offering health care benefits to their employees, according to a new survey.
Professional services firm Towers Watson, New York (NYSE, NASDAQ: TW), disclosed this finding in a summary of results from a survey of 440 midsize to large companies.
The survey reveals that, following the U.S. Supreme decision affirming the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), most employers (88%) remain committed to offer health care benefits to their active employees.
The large majority (up 17% from 2011) comes despite a projected 2013 per employee health care cost of $11,507, an increase of 5.3% from 2012, the survey notes. The finding also comes amid uncertainty relating to the November elections, development of insurance exchanges and the evolving health care delivery system.
“While the most significant changes mandated by health care reform will not occur until 2014, it is essential that companies develop a strategic response and prepare for these changes well in advance of then,” says Ron Fontanetta, senior health care consulting leader at Towers Watson. “These changes will have a profound impact on the way health care is delivered and how many individuals acquire health insurance, most notably retirees.”