Large employers are successfully integrating the principles andrequirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act intotheir benefits programs, with many finding that they have been ableto contain the overall cost of providing health benefits toemployees.

That’s the general conclusion of a four-year data analysis byADP. Its “2015 Annual Health Benefits” study was designed todetermine “whether U.S. employers have managed health care costseffectively from 2013 to 2015 — those crucial two years marking thepoints right before and after key ACA provisions went into effect.”While employers have experienced difficulties and had to conformwith a whole new benefits playbook to comply with the act, they aredoing so without many of the disruptions experts had predictedawaited them following the law’s creation.

The study both supports and contradicts testimony presented to Congress recently by theSociety for Human Resource Management. SHRM described memberexperience with the act as difficult, costly and overly timeconsuming.

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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.