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Despite repeal, employers would keep ACA provisions

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As the Senate continues to consider legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, employers expect to retain many of the ACA’s popular provisions, even if they are not required to by a new law. While approximately one-third of employers are not sure of future plans, more employers plan to keep popular provisions than make changes.

The findings come from the Willis Towers Watson 2017 Emerging Trends in Health Survey of 666 U.S. employers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to bring ACA repeal-and-replace legislation to the Senate floor for a vote before Congress begins its July 4 recess.

A panel of 13 senators have been meeting behind closed doors to craft a Senate version of the American Health Care Act, which the House approved 217–213 on May 4.

The Willis Towers Watson survey found many employers unwilling to water down their health benefits in response.

For example, if the legislation repeals unlimited lifetime benefits, employers are more than three times more likely to keep them in place than they are to reinstitute lifetime dollar limits: 50% versus 15%.

In addition, if contraceptive care at a 100% benefit is repealed, employers are nearly six times more likely to maintain coverage at that level than they are to reduce it: 59% versus 11%.

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