Obamacare Causing Health Cost Increases for Businesses

Obamacare Causing Health Cost Increases for Businesses
August 18 01:00 2014

Obamacare Causing Health Cost Increases for Businesses

Businesses are paying more to provide health insurance to their workers, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

A majority of businesses surveyed by the New York Fed expect the health-care law to increase the cost of their coverage, and the median respondent estimates a boost by 10 percent in 2015. The report is based on two separate surveys of service and manufacturing companies.

Last year, the New York Fed saw a similar increase in health care costs; this year, though, an even larger majority of companies this year cited Obamacare as the driving force behind the increases.

That means for New York state, much of northern New Jersey, part of Connecticut, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, businesses, workers and customers are all going to be hit by increased costs due to the health-care law.

The “vast majority” of companies surveyed said they’re being charged a higher monthly premium for each of their employees, and many of them said they’re passing some or all of that increase onto their employees. Businesses are also dealing with higher costs by charging higher deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums. Just over a third of companies said they weren’t making changes to their health plans as a result of Obamacare.

Read full story at Washington Free Beacon
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