David Brown poses for a photograph at his advertising and marketing agency BrownPartners, in Philadelphia. Brown has been able to offer health insurance to his seven employees, but has had to cut benefits because of rising costs.

In the year since health care reform became law, a new survey finds that employers across the U.S. are maintaining their health care benefits, implementing cost-sharing methods and assessing the long-term impact of reform on their organizations. “Health Care Reform: Employer Actions One Year Later,” released by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, uncovers actions employers have taken in the last 12 months and explores their plans for the upcoming year.

“For the most part, employers have moved beyond the ‘wait-and-see’ phase they were in just a year ago and are beginning to take action,” says Sally Natchek, senior director of Research at the International Foundation. “Although many employers are concerned about rising costs, very few have drastically altered or ended their health care benefits. Most employers remain committed to offering quality health care benefits to their employees.”

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