In a recent survey, employers say they are not likely to drop health care once state-run insurance exchanges take effect in 2014, finds consulting firm Mercer.

Though employers are encouraged to offer coverage under the new health care reform, it is not required, and in 2014, they can instead pay a penalty that may be less than their current health benefits.

The survey also finds responses vary by employer size. While large employers remain committed to their role of health plan sponsor, only 6 percent of all employers with 500 or more employees – and just 3 percent of those with 10,000 or more – say they are likely to terminate their health plans and have employees seek coverage in the individual market after 2014.

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