80% of Employers are Concerned About Health Reform's Additional Administrative Obligations, Lockton Survey Shows

"The cost impact and administrative complexity are significant," said one employer responding to the new 2011 survey.

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- An overwhelming majority of employers responding to a recent employer survey by Kansas City-based Lockton, the world's largest privately held brokerage and consulting firm, say 2010's health reform law is increasing their costs and administrative hassles. Employers say the law is making group health insurance more expensive and more burdensome.  Please click here to review the survey results.

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More than 40 percent of Lockton Benefit Group's client-companies responded to the confidential survey in which employers were asked a dozen questions to gauge their levels of concern about the impact of many aspects of the health reform law.

The fact that 80 percent of responding employers showed high levels of concern about the additional administrative obligations of health reform did not surprise Edward Fensholt, director of Lockton's Compliance Services Division. "There are more notices to employees, additional plan summaries, a variety of reports to federal authorities, including W-2 reporting of health plan values, and significant penalties for noncompliance," Fensholt said. "Just the sheer amount of work and associated dollars added are significant to many employers. Federal regulators are trying to minimize the burdens—they're doing a good job of soliciting input from employers—but the obligations remain a significant challenge."

Please click here to review the results of Lockton's May 2011 Employer Health Reform Survey.

About Lockton

More than 4,100 professionals at Lockton provide more than 15,000 clients around the world with insurance, benefits, and risk management services, offering an uncommon level of client service. From its founding in 1966 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, Lockton has grown to become the largest privately held insurance broker in the world and 9th largest overall. Independent researcher Greenwich Associates awarded Lockton its 2011 Service Excellence Award for risk management for large companies. Business Insurance has twice recognized Lockton as a "Best Place to Work in Insurance."  You can learn more at www.lockton.com.

SOURCE Lockton