Nearly half of employers view employer mandate as top health care concern going into 2017

With the results of the 2016 election now in the record books, Congress and the president are set to engage, for the second time in less than a decade, in a debate over the future of the United States health care system. According to a recent pulse survey from Aon, 48 percent of employers say the employer mandate is their primary health care concern going into the next administration.

“Not surprisingly, there is heightened interest in the fate of the employer mandate, which currently places significant reporting obligations on employers, including how they report coverage, track service, and determine value and affordability,” explained J.D. Piro, national practice leader of Aon’s Health and Benefits Legal practice. “But it’s important to realize that in the short term, these mandates—and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting obligations and penalties—remain in effect.”

According to the pulse survey, which contains responses from more than 800 employers conducted approximately a week after the election, other top areas of concern for employers include:

• Prescription drug costs (17 percent);
• Excise tax (15 percent);
• Tax exclusion limitations on employer sponsored health care (10 percent);
• Paid leave laws (8 percent); and
• Employee wellness programs (2 percent).

“While details remain to be seen regarding policy proposals to address prescription drug pricing, this is an area that employers will keep a close eye on as drug costs continue to increase,” said Piro. “Employers will also be tracking the future fate of the excise tax to see how the 115th Congress handles this important matter.”


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