U.S. employers may actually be less interested in learning about the effects of their Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on their health plans now than they were two years ago.
Analysts at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) have posted data supporting that possibility in a summary of results from a survey of 721 U.S. employers conducted earlier this year, and a similar survey conducted in 2013.
About 27 percent of the participating employers had fewer than 100 employees, and 84 percent had fewer than 2,500 employees.
Some of the employers that participated said they have taken active steps to comply with PPACA and avoid PPACA-related penalties.
Nine percent said they have made changes to their benefits coverage to avoid the PPACA Cadillac plan excise tax, which is set to impose a 40 percent penalty on high-cost health benefits starting in 2018.
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Twenty percent said they have changed their definition of “full-time employee” in response to the PPACA employer “play or pay” coverage provision.
But 67 percent of the participant said they weren’t doing anything in response to the Cadillac plan tax, weren’t aware of the issue, or haven’t yet planning or making changes.