Become a Guest Blogger on Our New Website!
It seems like everyone has a blog these days. But the truth is, I’ve always found the thought of having my own somewhat overwhelming. Thus, the shared blog. Just as The Minnesota Health Action Group represents the collective voice of its members, this blog is open to members who want to use this space to share opinions, best practices, and thoughts about breaking health care news. Your contributions are encouraged – and I can even promise a byline!
Today, I have two big things on my mind: The launch of our brand-new website, and how employers are reacting to the health care reform tumult.
More than just a website
Following over two years of research (many thanks to those of you who were interview and survey subjects), we learned that the number one benefit our members want is more opportunities to learn from and network with their peers.
By offering you this intuitive, trusted website, you can learn how your colleagues and The Minnesota Health Action Group are addressing dicey issues such as cost pressures; unhealthy employee behaviors; legislative burdens; ineffective, confusing, expensive care systems; vendor performance, and more.
The site will be updated weekly, and continuously evolving. I hope you will not only bookmark it and return often, but that you will also contribute your thoughts and ideas by sending them to Sue Jesseman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What the Action Group’s employer benchmarking survey says about Health Care Reform
Each year, the Minnesota Health Action Group gathers information about competitive practices, trends, and future strategies through its exclusive MN-only employer benchmarking survey.
Of particular note this year were responses related to health care reform. When asked whether they will walk away from health care and discontinue their employee benefit plan because they will soon have additional options through the private and public exchanges, employers say they will continue to offer health benefits. They will, however, carefully manage benefit decisions to ensure compliance with health reform legislative changes and associated costs.
It’s no surprise that employers are frustrated by the lack of guidance regarding some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and the number of resources they are using to implement those provisions. In preparation for anticipated 2015 requirements, most employers are taking action now to manage their plan costs so they will not trigger the proposed excise tax on “Cadillac” plans in 2018.
As a friend of mine likes to say about health care reform, “Some issues are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and very well informed just to be confused.”
More details about this year’s survey findings can be found in the July issue of our “Ahead of the Curve” newsletter.
Watch this space for more health care reform updates! Or, better yet, contribute your thoughts in blog form, and send to: email@example.com.