Some Employers Waiting Until After Elections To Prepare For Health Law

For one in six employers, the U.S. Supreme Court’s health law decision wasn’t enough to convince them to prepare for big changes set to take effect in 2014, according to Mercer, an employer and HR consultant.

Mercer surveyed 4,000 employers after the court’s ruling, and found that 16 percent still intended to wait until after the November election to make plans for how to comply with the law.

Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has vowed to repeal the law if elected. He could succeed if Republicans continue to control the House and win 60 votes in the Senate, but political observers aren’t predicting that outcome.

Advice to employers: get moving

That may be why most employers had either begun preparations already (44 percent) or said they will now start (40 percent).

Mercer, for its part, is advising employers to get moving.

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“Although the law still faces a contentious political outlook, employers should stay on track in their efforts to comply with the law as enacted or else they may face penalties,” according to its news release.

Mercer will offer more details from its survey on July 12.

This article was reprinted from with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

Marilyn Werber Serafini has been a reporter in Washington since 1985, and was the health care and welfare correspondent for National Journal magazine from 1995 to 2010. She has written extensively about Medicare, Medicaid, the uninsured, health care reform, bioterrorism and pandemic flu and has won awards for articles on these subjects. Contact her at