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Professor Robert Field Previews Next Steps in Health Reform with CBS News Online

November 09, 2012

With the presidential election decided, CBS News interviewed Professor Robert Field about looming provisions of the Affordable Care Act for an article published online on Nov. 8.

The majority of Americans who have employer-provided health insurance will see few changes, Field said, though mid-sized employers could face significant increases in cost.

Employers will have to pay about $15,000 to ensure an employee and his or her family, Field said, based on what happens to workers who are not covered.

"If people buy insurance from the exchanges, the employer will have to pay a penalty based on the subsidies the government has to provide the employee," Field explained, adding that employers can write off insurance costs as a business expense for tax purposes.

Field noted that the law will likely create increased demand for medical services, some of which nurses can provide, offsetting the higher cost of paying doctors.

To learn more about the future of the Affordable Care Act, register for “Fever Drop? What the Election Means for Health Reform,” a symposium sponsored by the law school and the Drexel University School of Public Health on Nov. 16.