Inside Higher Ed
August 25th, 2014
Institutions say complying with the Affordable Care Act has caused
them to pass on some costs to employees, according to a new survey from
the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.
Since the act began to take effect, some 20 percent of institutions
have made changes to benefits in an effort to control associated costs,
the survey says. About the
same percentage of colleges are considering making changes, or making
further changes, in the year ahead. Of those institutions that have made
changes so far, 41 percent have increased employees’ share of premium
costs. Some 27 percent have increased out-of-pocket limits, while about
one-quarter increased in-network deductibles or dependent coverage
costs, or both. Some 20 percent increased employees’ share of
prescription drug costs.