According to Obamacare, employees who work more than 30 hours a week are eligible for employer based health insurance, but only a few new employees actually enrolled in the company health insurance plans.
A report by Mercer reveals that the number of full- and part-time employees who buy their health insurance through work increased 1.6% from 2014 to 2015, but the size of the workforce increased 2.2%.
"Employers that had to offer coverage to more employees were braced for a bump in enrollment this year, but they did not know how big it would be," said Tracy Watts, a senior partner at Mercer. "While some did see increases, for the most part it seems the newly eligible either had coverage through a parent's or spouse's plan or through Medicaid — or are continuing to go bare."
When the Mercer report, Health Care Reform Five Years in surveyed 600 companies, it found that the average percentage of eligible employees increased from 87% to 88%, at the same time the percentage of enrolled employees fell from 84% to 83%.
In the food and lodging businesses — the average percentage of eligible employees grew from 57% to 60%. The report found that some employers held down enrollment growth, and decreased the working hours of employees to less than 30 hours a week. Only a few companies cut back staff to avoid covering more employees.
The change affected some employers more and one in ten companies found that their enrolled employees rose by 5%.
Source: Beth Braverman