The U.S. Supreme Court will decide the fate of health care reform before the end of June, after hearing three days of oral arguments for and against it in late March.
No matter how the court rules on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—especially the “individual mandate” requiring almost all Americans to have at least minimal health insurance coverage—its decision will affect employer-provided benefits for years to come. If the court strikes down the law, expect a return to a benefits landscape similar to the norm of the past 50 years. If it’s upheld, plan for major changes starting in 2014, when most of the ACA’s provisions take effect.
To read more about the Supreme Court’s deliberations, see "Game on! Supreme Court hears health care reform arguments."