With the Supreme Court ruling now finalized and the minimum essential health insurance provisions in place, companies have begun to ask us "what's next?" or "what will the financial impact be for our company in 2014?" My belief is that by taking a proactive approach to the individual mandate and understanding the impact on your company's financials, you will be able to make that critical decision whether to continue offering a group health care plan or allow employees to elect coverage through the state-mandated exchanges.

Based on external research, a recent study by Deloitte has found that approximately one-in-10 employers in the U.S. intend to pay the penalty imposed on employers for opting out of group health coverage. This number, however, does not reflect an additional 10% of employers who weren't sure if they would continue coverage. An overarching theme heard from our clients is that the benefits program offered today is instrumental in attracting, retaining and engaging employees.

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