eHealth recently performed an anonymous online survey of small businesses that showed that health care reform is not changing the way many small businesses (that currently offer health benefits) are approaching employee health benefits in 2014.
While the 236 small employers (< 10 employees) that were polled do not need to comply with health care reform's employer mandate, 60% indicated that they would continue to offer employee health benefits in 2014.
2 Interesting Takeaways From the Survey:
Nearly half (44%) of the employers that were surveyed indicated that they felt a "moral obligation" to provide employees with health benefits.
The moral obligation to provide employees with health benefits exceeded small employers' need to recruit and retain good employees, which received 31% of the response.
Is this accurate based on your experience? Do small businesses feel obligated to provide health benefits?