Consumers OK with extra PPACA feesNews added by Benefits Pro on April 30, 2014

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By Kathryn Mayer

There has been some backlash over companies — including restaurants — adding surcharges to each bill in order to help pay for employees’ health insurance.

But it turns out most consumers are OK with the practice.

At least that was the conclusion from a survey of 1,000 adults, which found that nearly two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) are okay with a business adding a nominal surcharge of 25 cents to each bill in order to help pay for employees’ health insurance. Support for a health insurance surcharge is highest among 18-29 year olds (64 percent) and lowest among Americans ages 65 and older (39 percent).

However, insurance analyst Doug Whiteman noted that the almost quarter of respondents who don’t agree with the charges can make an impact on the -emerging trend.

“While most Americans may be able to swallow an extra 25 cents on their bill at their favorite restaurant, a sizable chunk (22 percent) said they would stop going to the business,” Whiteman said. “I can only imagine this number increasing if businesses try to charge too much.”

Restaurants passing health insurance costs for employees on to customers is in response to PPACA’s employer mandate.

Bankrate asked questions about PPACA as part of its monthly Health Insurance Pulse survey. Despite consumers’ willingness to pick up the (small) tab for others’ health insurance, the majority still isn’t pleased with PPACA’s overall impact.

Only 13 percent of Americans say their health insurance situation has improved compared to one year ago. Americans reporting higher monthly health care spending outnumber those reporting lower spending by a ratio of greater than 4-to-1, Bankrate said.

The survey also found that those who want to repeal PPACA edged out those who want to keep the law in place, as is, by a rate of 45 percent to 44 percent.

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