A recent survey from the Disability Management Employer Coalition found that 32% of employers expect to see an increase in the incidence of absence and disability management claims as a direct result of Affordable Care Act implementation.

This stat intrigued us here at The Standard because it shows that one of the unintended consequences of the ACA could be a decrease in workplace productivity due to employee absence and disability. The reason being, according to DMEC, is that absences would increase due to longer wait times for access to care and disability claims, while less certain, may increase because “employees no longer fear a loss of health care coverage from a long-term absence,” the study says.

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