Report tracks area health care, jobs outlook

Date: January 13, 2014

More than 45 percent of area businesses have passed additional costs to workers as a result of implementing the Affordable Care Act, according to a report by Grand Valley researchers.

Economics professors Sonia Dalmia and Paul Isely released results of their report, Health Check: Analyzing Trends in West Michigan 2014, on January 10 during the fifth annual health care summit sponsored by Grand Valley.

The 2014 report includes survey results regarding the impact of the Affordable Care Act on local businesses in Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan counties. Dalmia and Isely used findings from the survey conducted by economics professor Leslie Muller in collaboration with Priority Health and found 48 percent of companies have passed additional costs to workers and 40 percent are considering that option. Seventy-six percent of employers have, or are creating, wellness plans for employees.

Health Check 2014 also was able to show how performing the suggested tests for diabetics would reduce costs by 10 percent compared to not doing the tests. In addition, the report showed how having diabetes combined with other conditions increases costs. These results support the effectiveness of testing diabetic patients for complications.

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