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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Many small businesses in West and Southwest Michigan plan to drop health insurance coverage for employees and limit hiring, according to a new survey measuring the impact of the Affordable Care Act.
The Grand Valley State University survey released Thursday, Jan. 22, found a quarter of small businesses that now offer health insurance do not plan to provide coverage in 2015. Only half said they plan to offer insurance in 2016. And of companies dropping coverage this year, 68 percent said they will encourage workers to buy insurance on the public exchange.
. . . The survey also found many employers plan to shift more insurance costs to workers, often in the form of high-deductible plans or changes in prescription drug coverage.
Affordable Care Act impact: 1,000 fewer workers in West Michigan, survey finds
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In response to the Affordable Care Act, West Michigan businesses have hired 1,000 fewer workers, according to a survey by Grand Valley State University researchers.
The report found many employers are reducing workers’ hours or limiting hiring and passing more health care costs to employees in reaction to the changes brought about by health care reform. Economics professors Leslie Muller and Paul Isely surveyed local businesses in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan counties.
originally posted by: beezzer
a reply to: MichiganSwampBuck
I'm old enough to remember when companies (for the most part) didn't offer health insurance.
It was a rare "perk".
Now, though? It isn't enough that companies have to pay you, they also have to see to it that you have health insurance.
Individuality is gone.
Self-reliance is gone.
Say hello to the entitlement, nanny-state.