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According to 42 percent of the respondents of our 2013 Business Outlook Survey, their companies are still evaluating the options for 2014 based on health care cost increases this year. However, 38 percent already plan to offer employees essentially the same health care plan, but they may increase the cost to employees. And 13 percent will either offer redesigned plans to reduce company costs, modify employee work schedules to reduce the number of full-time personnel, or will end their employer-sponsored plan and let employees go to exchanges, which means the employer will pay penalties. "[The] Health care bill is a major disappointment,” said one of the survey participants. “I don’t see anything that will help us contain costs, except discontinuing our plan and increasing our employees’ pay enough to send them to purchase their own insurance…”

Click here for more results of our Business Outlook Survey.

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