Reform likely to drive up employers' costs: survey

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Long-term care employers expect they will pay higher health costs for workers if pending reform legislation is passed, according to a new survey. Employers also expect to have a weakened role in providing such coverage. Consulting firm Watson Wyatt conducted the survey in mid-September. “Both Congress and the White House have said repeatedly that healthcare reform should build on the employer-sponsored system,” said Ted Nussbaum, North America director of group and healthcare consulting for the firm. “However, most employers are apprehensive that the outcome will be quite different.”