Uncertainty over the impact of health care reform on their businesses has created plenty of anxiety among HR managers and those in the C-Suite.

A recent survey by ADP found almost half of large-company finance managers aren't fully confident that they understand their responsibilities under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. At small companies, the study found, just 28 percent of those surveyed have developed any sort of plan for controlling their health benefits costs in the wake of health care reform. At large companies, that percent rose to 40 percent — still not very confidence-inspiring.

Executives know reform is going to rock their boat. When asked by ADP whether they thought the public insurance exchanges would have an impact on their company, half of small company respondents thought it would, while nearly 70 percent of large companies responded affirmatively.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.