However, many of today’s employers (41%) aren’t sure what
they will do regarding medical benefits should legislation pass, a press
release said. Thirty percent of those that do offer medical coverage expect
their health benefits to remain unchanged, while 39% of those employers who do
not currently offer medical coverage are not anticipating offering that
Three-quarters of employers strongly agree that employees
consider health insurance a critical component of a compensation package.
Virtually all (96%) also say promoting a culture of health and wellness for
employees is important.
While 36% of employers are unsure about what they will do
regarding non-medical benefits like life insurance, disability income
protection, and dental benefits, should legislation pass, 44% of those that
offer these benefits anticipate that they will make no changes to them. Only 5%
of employers who offer these benefits say they would consider reducing them.
Consumer Thoughts on Health Care Reform
According to new research from MetLife, 75% of
individuals report paying close attention to health care legislation
developments. Among generations, 83% of Baby Boomers and 74% of Generation Y
individuals say they are closely following reform developments, compared to 63%
of Generation X.
More than eight-in-ten (85%) individuals said they get
their information on legislation developments through traditional media outlets
(TV, radio, newspapers and magazines).
A MetLife press release said its survey found levels of
satisfaction with current medical benefits impact Americans’ attitudes toward
health care reform. More than six-in-ten (62%) Americans without any medical
insurance feel that health care reform will be "good for America,"
contrasted with 42% of those with medical insurance (see IMHO: Health “Care”). Nearly two-thirds (65%) of Generation Y individuals
believe that health care reform will impact them favorably, but only 44% are
satisfied with their current medical insurance. On the other hand, while only
34% of Boomers believe that health care reform will have a positive impact on
them personally, 63% say they are satisfied with their current medical
The survey indicates attitudes toward health care reform
also correspond to health status. According to the press release, 65% of individuals
surveyed who assess their health as fair or poor say that health care reform
will have a positive impact on them and their families, contrasted to 28% of
those who say their health is very good or excellent.