Employers are investing in more in health care for their employees, according to a new survey commissioned by the Transamerica Center for Health Studies and conducted by Harris Poll in August.
The survey, which included 1,500 business executives across the country found that the percentage of companies that do not provide any health benefit to employees is at an-all time low — 18 percent. That’s up from 21 percent two years ago, before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was implemented.
Virtually all firms (99 percent) with more than 50 employees provide their full-time workers with health care, compared to only 61 percent of businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
The survey found that half of business executives believe the cost of health care will remain stable over the next two to three years. A significant minority — 44 percent — believe costs will increase, while a negligible 5 percent expect costs to go down.
PPOs less common, more expensive
According to new research from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the cost of PPO health plans are less and less common…