CHICAGO – November 29, 2016 – In 2017, the focus of employers’ health benefit activities will shift from avoiding the Affordable Care Act excise tax to other priorities, such as managing the cost and use of specialty drugs and engaging employees to more effectively use their benefits and maintain their health. These are among the results of a new survey of health care purchasers to gauge their views, plans and strategies for the upcoming benefit year from the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), one of the nation’s leading non-profit business groups of large, self-insured public and private employers.
“These directional findings indicate mid- and large-employers have, to a large extent, addressed the ACA requirements and will continue to focus their efforts on reducing health benefits costs and improving the health of their employees,” said Larry Boress, MBGH president and CEO. “During the election, both candidates appeared to support removing the excise tax and other administrative cost burdens to employers that don’t bring them any value or benefit. Time will tell if the Trump administration will bring relief in these areas.”