June 6, 2012 (PLANSPONSOR.com) – Two-thirds of American employers surveyed believe the Supreme Court will overturn the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
However, they believe other pieces of reform will be kept intact. The remaining one-third is split between those who think the entire law will remain intact (19%) and those who think the entire law will be thrown out (15%), according the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP).
The top provisions of ACA that organizations would like to remain are:
- The ability to offer increased wellness incentives (33%);
- The required elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions (23%); and
- The required coverage of adult children up to age 26 (22%).
The top provisions of ACA that employers say workers would like to remain are:
- The required coverage of adult children up to age 26 (59%);
- The required elimination of pre-existing condition exclusions (34%); and
- No cost sharing for preventive care (32%).
Many organizations are noticing a slight increase in anxiety among workers due to the ACA and the Supreme Court decision. More than two in five representatives believe the Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court hearings are increasing their workers’ anxiety, while close to half have not noticed changes in workers’ anxiety. Smaller organizations are more likely to say their workers are experiencing anxiety regarding ACA and the Supreme Court decisions.
The IFEBP surveyed plan administrators, trustees and organizational representatives from single-employers/corporations, multiemployer trust funds and public/governmental employers in early May and received 1,027 responses.