The majority of small businesses that dont offer healthcare to their workers say they wouldnt contribute even $50 per month to cover each of their workers, according to a survey by Mercer, a benefits consulting group.
Some 59% of the 545 employers surveyed said they would be willing to contribute up to $49 per month for healthcare coverage for each worker. Only 10% said they would contribute at least $200 per worker for coverage. And 43% said they dont offer coverage because they cannot afford it.
This finding highlights how tough its going to be to ask very small employers to voluntarily take on the expense of providing health coverage, Linda Havlin, a Mercer partner, said in a statement.
About half of those surveyed said it is very unlikely they would offer a health plan to workers in the next three years.
Massachusetts law requires all but the smallest employers that dont offer comprehensive health benefits to pay $295 per employee per month to the state, and this amount may soon be adjusted upwards. -- by Rebecca Vesely
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