Open enrollment rates for employer-sponsored health plans in 2014 remained flat, but advisers and their employer clients are already putting strategies in place to prepare for expected growth in 2015 enrollments.

Despite the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that individuals seek health insurance coverage in 2014 and the fact that employers are already preparing for the health reform law’s employer shared responsibility provision, open enrollment levels for employer-sponsored health plans remained mostly unchanged from 2013, new research from Mercer shows. On average, 69.3% of employees enrolled in employer-sponsored health plans in 2014, up only slightly from 69.1% in 2013.

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