On average, the 300 contractors surveyed nationwide paid 61% more for their employees' health insurance in this year than they did in 1999, and 63% have decreased the benefits available to employees in the last 3 years. Sixteen percent of those surveyed said they intended to decrease benefits in 2003.
"There is a health insurance crisis for small employers in the United States that must be addressed," said ACCA president and CEO Paul T. Stalknecht. "On average, large employers spend $1,000 less per employee on health insurance than small employers. This is a situation that is bad for working families and bad for communities."