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Few employers dropping dropping health benefits, surveys find

Posted by Matti Miranda on November 20, 2014 at 6:33 PM

This article, written for The Washington Post by Amy Goldstein, published on November 19 2014, takes the argument that employers are going to cut insurance for employees, head on. 

The Affordable Care Act so far has not prompted the nation’s employers to drop health benefits for some or all of their workers as critics of the law had predicted, according to two major surveys released Wednesday.

A year after the advent of new insurance marketplaces for individuals and small businesses under the health-care law, just 1 percent of employers said they have decided to stop offering health coverage for 2015, one survey said. There was relatively little difference between larger employers and those with fewer than 50 workers, which qualify for new small-business marketplaces, known as SHOPs, that are part of the health-care law.

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