Upheld ACA Improves America’s Health Care Safety Net


June 28, 2012

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Upheld ACA Improves America’s Health Care Safety Net

 

U.S. Employers Still In Wait-and-See Mode Until Fall General Election

 

 

Brookfield, Wisconsin —The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) advances the process for improving America’s health care safety net for individuals, employers and the government to provide access to quality, affordable health care, according to the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.

 

“Today’s ruling marks a milestone in the discussion of health care in America, but the Affordable Care Act is just the beginning of the process,” said Michael Wilson, International Foundation CEO. “Even with the ACA being upheld, many of our members are still in a wait-and-see mode until after this fall’s presidential election.”

 

According to the International Foundation’s Health Care Reform: 2012 Employer Actions Update survey conducted in April, 52.1 percent of single-employers and corporations who were in a wait-and-see mode for health care reform planning and implementation are also awaiting the outcome of the 2012 presidential and congressional elections.

“We’re at the beginning of the process, much like when ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) was enacted in 1974, and almost forty years later we’re still working through that process and modifying that law,” said Wilson. “I would expect the health care law to undergo the same process and we will probably still be working on it in 30 years.”

 

The ACA addresses just one of the three broad issues related to health care in America: access. Today’s reaffirmation provides access to health care, while providing employers and the government more time to address the other two issues: cost and quality of care.

 

“Clearly what we’re talking about at this point in time is really trying to manage health care costs, and address controlling and decreasing costs in the future,” said Paul Hackleman, International Foundation Health Care and Public Employer Analyst. “The Foundation will continue to educate its members on strategies to address health care costs, such as wellness and value-based health care initiatives.”

 

The International Foundation’s recent survey Wellness Programs and Value-Based Health Care showed that wellness initiatives are an effective way to manage health care costs. Seven in 10 American employers offer wellness programs to their employees and have found that for every dollar they spend, they save between one to three dollars on health care costs.

 

As different parts of the ACA are implemented, the International Foundation will continue to educate its members about what they will need to do to remain in compliance, which provisions they need to implement, what forms they will have to fill out and what guidance they need to follow.

The following educational programs will be available to address the Supreme Court decision and its impact on employers:

 

July 12 –Health Care Reform Decision: The Impact on Health Care Plans: A high level 90-minute webcast that explains the basics of the Supreme Court’s decision

  • Member rate: $95 (discounted from normal webcast price of $195)
  • Non-member rate: $125 (discounted from normal webcast price of $255)

 

  • August 9 - Health Care Reform Decision: The Impact on Multiemployer Plans:
  • A follow-up 90-minute webcast specifically for the multiemployer sector
    • Member rate: $95 (discounted from normal webcast price of $195)
    • Non-member rate: $125 (discounted from normal webcast price of $255)
  • August 16
  • Health Care Reform Virtual Conference—Next Steps and Resources for Implementation: One-day virtual conference (open to all U.S. sectors)
    •  Virtual conference environment and a health care reform session recording from the Symposium available at no cost to all IF/ISCEBS members
    • Three consecutive live webcasts on the specific actions that need to be taken as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision and a recording of the July 12 webcast 
      • Fee to access to 3 live webcasts: $295 IF/ISCEBS members and $395 non-members
      • $100 discount offered for those who participated in the June 28 or July 12 webcast

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    The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans is a member-driven organization with five decades of experience as a leading objective source of employee benefits, compensation and financial literacy education and information within the American and Canadian workplace. The Foundation’s expertise is industry wide; and it offers resources that include Foundation staff, training, conferences and research on topics critical to assisting its 35,000 multiemployer, corporate and public sector members respond to trends affecting the well-being of more than 25 million lives in North America. For additional information, visit www.ifebp.org.