U.S. Employers Expand Health Benefits Coverage Under Reform

Nearly 18 months after passage of the national healthcare overhaul, American employers say they are providing health benefits for growing numbers of people as they extend coverage to their workers’ adult children, a new survey finds. The federal healthcare law allows young adults up to age 26 to stay on their parents’ health plans.  As a result, employers say they have seen an average 2% increase in insurance enrollments, with some saying the figure has jumped by 5% or more, according to the survey by the benefits consulting firm Mercer. Many employers expect the ranks of their covered employees to grown an additional 2% on average in 2014 as other provisions of the law take effect that require companies automatically to enroll full-time workers, the report found.

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