Benefits managers at a majority of large employers expect their companies to be offering group health plans five years from now — but some do not.
About 12 percent have told the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and Towers Watson that they might simply give employees subsidies and send their employees to the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) health insurance exchanges to buy their own health benefits, up from 11 percent ago.
About 5 percent of the benefits managers said their companies could send employees to the exchanges without providing a subsidy.
Roughly 1 percent said their companies already have eliminated any subsidies for spousal coverage, and 4 percent said their companies will eliminate spousal coverage subsidies in 2014.
But about 60 percent said they expect their companies to still be providing health benefits for full-time employees in five years.
Analysts at the NBGH and Towers Watson have reported those figures in a summary of results from a survey of benefits managers at 583 employers with at least 1,000 employees.