Companies have a new solution to rising health-insurance costs: Break up their employees’ marriages.
...These “spousal carve-outs,” or “working spouse provisions,” generally prohibit only people who could get coverage through their own job from enrolling in their spouse’s plan. Such exclusions barely existed three years ago, but experts expect an increasing number of employers to adopt them: “That’s the next step,” Darling says. HMS, a company that audits plans for employers, estimates that nearly a third of companies might have such policies now. Holdouts say they feel under pressure to follow suit.
And--when ObozoCare goes live next year?
...experts say more firms are likely to drop spouses altogether, whether they work or not—especially when the new federal health-care exchanges open in 2014, providing an alternative for spouses left out in the cold. “When there’s a place for people to go, employers won’t feel as beholden or compelled to cover the spouse,” says Joan Smyth, an employee benefits consultant with Mercer.
Too bad, sucka!
"Experts" with the insurance industry make this claim? Heh.
And when it happens, you can come back and apologize, anony.
Besides, employers will soon realize hiring anyone with a family is a financial problem and start selecting single, childless people for jobs over people with families.
Amy, Anony will never apologize for his/her ignorance.
Silly 'nony...corporations are doing everything they can to help their workers so long as it doesn't impact their bottom line. Job creators are people, too.
The corporation I work for just announced increased coverage in its benefits plan for its "valued employees".
The paradigm shifted years ago 'nony.
Some entities will increase benefits; it remains to be seen who will DEcrease them.
But "value" is a wonderfully vague word, ya'know. Value one year is old-school/outdated next.
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