Towers Perrin conducted a survey in July 2009 of employer views on health care reform. Most (80%) of employers are closely monitor reform legislation.
Interestingly and not unexpected, employers will not absorb additional costs resulting from reform, rather they will be:
Raising prices (to employees)
Cost control (no surprise) is the most important reform goal from an employer perspective…unfortunately, the Congressional focus is on expanding coverage and reducing Medicare and Medicaid costs.
Employers who intend to communicate health care reform to their employees may want to prepare them for less not more as a result.