Texas Businesses On Edge Of Chairs Over Health Care Verdict

Texas businesses have kept their powder dry while waiting for next week's expected Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act. But many expect to see higher deductibles and reduced coverage for their employees.

UHY Advisors and the Texas Association of Business surveyed nearly 300 companies across the state over the past two weeks. Respondents were split almost evenly on whether their organizations are prepared for possible changes required by the Affordable Care Act if the Supreme Court upholds the individual mandate.

Randy Zarin is a principal with UHY Advisors.

“A lot of the responses that we got was, ‘Yes, we expected a change, but we don’t really know what that’s going to be,’ whether it’s going to be increasing deductibles, whether it’s going to be passing more cost increase onto their employees, or dropping coverage all together. I think there’s just a lot of confusion out there on what to do next, and I think everyone is just holding tight waiting for some direction.”

Zarin says larger companies are somewhat better prepared to weather new costs if the mandate is upheld. He says such businesses are more likely to be self-insured. That gives them greater control over their health care spending than smaller firms.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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