[…] a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report indicates that the majority of employers who offer retiree health insurance benefits have not yet signed up for the program, scheduled to last until the end of 2013. The RWJF study notes that in addition to the many small employers who offer retiree health insurance benefits, there are also about 24,000 large employers who do so. Obviously, most employers have not enrolled in the early retiree reinsurance program yet, and it’s unclear whether they plan to do so or not. […]
[…] I can’t imagine huge numbers of people simply opting to be uninsured if employers stop offering coverage, especially once individual health insurance is guaranteed issue and pre-existing conditions are no longer an issue. I would guess that in 2014 we will see at least some shift away from employer-sponsored coverage in favor of individual health insurance, but I imagine that plenty of employers will continue to offer at least some level of coverage as a way to attract and retain quality employees.