Willis, an insurance broker, has found evidence that the cost of complying with the new federal health coverage requirements could have a small but noticeable effect on the disability benefits market.
The company polled about 1,200 employers. About 20 percent had fewer than 50 full-time workers, and about one-third had more than 500 full-time workers.
Fewer than a quarter of the survey participants have tried to quantify the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions already in force. About 40 percent of the employers that have tried to quantify the effects of PPACA said the law has increased their overall benefits costs by more than 2 percent.