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Updated: July 20, 2010
Employers Concerned About Effects Of Rising Healthcare Costs On Corporations, Employees

With the conclusion of the 2010 United Benefit Advisors (UBA) Employer Opinion Survey came results indicating 99.4 percent of "top decision makers" are concerned with rising healthcare costs and their effect on corporate spending, according to a news release.

Another 97.9 percent voiced concern about the impact of these costs upon their employees; a concern up about 20 percent from just two years ago, according to the study findings.

Legislative and regulatory requirements are becoming increasingly complex when it comes to healthcare reform, and employers are less prepared to meet them, UBA found in its survey.

However, employers, in general, have a more positive outlook toward communicating and implementing complex strategies to handle health benefit plans, said the release.

"On an encouraging note, there is a trend of employers implementing wellness and health management strategies that they feel are having a positive impact on chronic conditions and the effectiveness of these programs in general," said William Stafford, vice president of member services at UBA.

Additionally, less than 1 in 6 employers felt the government should develop a universal healthcare system, paid with tax dollars.

Results were reported to be consistent taking into account industry, size of workforce or geographic region.

A ‘Special Supplement on Health Care Reform in America’ was also released by UBA before the passage of the amended healthcare bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Copies of the 2010 Employer Opinion Survey are available for purchase as of May 1 by visiting www.UBAbenefits.com.

Address: United Benefit Advisors, 280 E. 96th Street, Suite 250, Indianapolis, IN 46240; (317) 705-1800, www.ubabenefits.com.


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