Mercer Launches Health Care Reform Portal

June 9, 2014 ( – Consulting firm Mercer has launched an online portal offering insights about what health care reform changes mean to employers and employees.

The portal, Mercer/Signal: U.S. Health Care Reform, features Mercer’s own research and observations, and will draw content from a wide range of other sources, with commentary added by Mercer’s experts. Content will be updated daily. While visitors to the portal are asked to register, there is no charge to use the portal’s features.

Tracy Watts, Mercer’s U.S. health care reform leader, and Beth Umland, director of research for employee health and benefits at Mercer, are leading the new content portal, supported by a team of Mercer subject matter experts representing all facets of health reform and health benefits.

“Many employers find it difficult to wade through the torrent of information on health care reform and determine what’s relevant to their organization,” says the Washington, D.C.-based Watts. “We created this new content portal as a one-stop source to help employers and others stay up to date, with news and insights delivered through articles, infographics, podcasts, videos and research.”

Watts adds that the portal will cover a range of practical, regulatory and legislative topics related to health reform, including the development of private exchanges such as Mercer Marektplace (see “Mercer Marketplace Expands Offerings”), the public exchanges, voluntary benefits and retiree medical coverage.

“The Affordable Care Act has produced the most significant changes to the U.S. health care system since Medicare was established in 1965,” says Bernie Walsh, leader of Mercer’s U.S. health and benefits business. Through Mercer/Signal: US Health Care Reform, Mercer aims to help employers address the challenges they face around both health reform and broader health benefit issues, she adds.

Employers and others can sign up for the Mercer/Signal: U.S. Health Care Reform content portal at