Employers believe that the CVS-Aetna merger and other potential M&A deals in the industryare going to impact how people access health care – and howemployers design their future health care strategies, according toa recent Aonpulse survey.

The Chicago-based brokerage firm asked 450 HR leaders from largeand mid-size employers about possible implications from couplings,including the potential Optum and DaVita Medical deal.

A majority (71 percent) of respondents say there will bemoderate changes to the way people access care in the future and 14percent expect significant changes, while 15 percent expect no realimpact in how and where people access health care.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.