The National Business Group on Health (NBGH), an organization of 400 large U.S. employers, conducts an annual survey on health benefits. A press release "U.S. Employers Changing Health Benefit Plans to Control Rising Costs, Comply with ACA, National Business Group on Health Survey Finds" was issued on 8-13-14 by Ed Emerman of the NBGH. It focused on an expectation that health benefits at large employers will increase 6.5%, slightly lower than this year. Other findings included providing narrow networks.  LEARN MORE The survey was widely covered. Staff writer, Jay Hancock at Kaiser Health News considered whether these "skinny" plans actually comply with the Affordable Care Act in his piece "16% Of Large Employers Plan to Offer Low-Benefit "Skinny" Plans Despite ACA: Survey," that was posted 8-13-14. Low-paid employees are caught between a penalty and poor coverage.  LEARN MORE.

Posted on August 19, 2014 .