According to a recent New York Times article, companies that offer high-end health plans are scaling back benefits to employees. This is because of a so-called Cadillac tax, which penalizes companies that offer these sorts of plans. The purpose of the tax is to discourage employers from plans that shield employees from the high costs of healthcare and can lead to excessive and unnecessary medical procedures. The tax is highly controversial, but intended for employers to consider long-term healthcare cost control.
Companies that are scaling back their health plans are going to be looking to control their business costs in other ways as well. One way to do that is through invoice factoring, which is the sale of unpaid invoices for cash advances. Proper cash flow is a step in the right direction for companies struggling to meet healthcare reform requirements, and could be a blessing amidst the current uncertainty.