As the dust settles over the Affordable Care Act and employees get used to operating in the post-ACA world, plan sponsors find themselves in somewhat of a holding pattern with regards to their pharmacy benefits. But strategic decisions are still in play about whether or not employers are going to provide traditional benefit plans once the employer mandate goes into effect in 2015 or send workers to public or private exchanges.

“That lack of clarity then creates the scenario where the investment in changing the pharmacy benefit and subjecting employees to a change in benefits, only to end up with a decision to not provide the benefits, seems inefficient and pointless to some,” says Allan Zimmerman, national pharmacy practice director for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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