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1 in 5 Small Businesses Don’t Know What They Will Do About Employee Health Insurance, EMPLOYERS Survey Finds

  1 in 5 Small Businesses Don’t Know What They Will Do About Employee Health
  Insurance, EMPLOYERS Survey Finds

Business Wire

RENO, Nev. -- September 12, 2013

One in five small businesses remain undecided about the type of healthcare
benefits they may offer employees in the next three years, according to a new
study released today by EMPLOYERS^® (NYSE:EIG), America's small business
insurance specialist^®. The survey polled decision-makers at businesses with
between one and 250 employees.

EMPLOYERS Small Business Opinion Poll Snapshot:

  *41 percent of small businesses currently provide health insurance for
    their employees
  *20 percent plan to provide health insurance directly to employees within
    the next three years
  *20 percent are not sure what they intend to do within the next three years
  *14 percent expect to refer all or some employees to state-based health
    benefit exchanges within the next three years

“We were pleasantly surprised to see how many businesses that are not mandated
to provide health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act still intend
to provide this benefit to employees in the next three years,” said Stephen
Festa, executive vice president and chief operating officer for EMPLOYERS.

Eight percent of small businesses with one to four employees expect to provide
health insurance directly to their employees. That climbs to 43 percent for
small businesses with 20-99 employees and 48 percent for businesses with
100-250 employees.

These intentions reflect small business decision-makers’ attitudes toward
health care as a business priority.

  *33 percent of small businesses see health insurance as a strategic
    business necessity
  *20 percent of small businesses believe health care insurance is a drain on
    cash flows
  *14 percent of small businesses don’t think much about it
  *4 percent say they provide health insurance but wish they didn’t have to

“While many of these signs are encouraging, the bottom line is that a lot of
uncertainty about healthcare remains among small businesses,” Festa said.

Methodology

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size
was 532 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between June 18 and June 20, 2013.
The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are
representative of all US adults (aged 18+).

About Employers Holdings, Inc.

Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:EIG) is a holding company with subsidiaries
that are specialty providers of workers' compensation insurance and services
focused on select small businesses engaged in low-to-medium hazard industries.
The company, through its subsidiaries, operates throughout the United States.
Insurance is offered by Employers Insurance Company of Nevada, Employers
Compensation Insurance Company, Employers Preferred Insurance Company, and
Employers Assurance Company, all rated A- (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company.
Additional information can be found at: www.employers.com.

Copyright © 2013 EMPLOYERS. All rights reserved.

Contact:

Employers Holdings, Inc.
Media
Ty Vukelich, 775-327-2677
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
tvukelich@employers.com
or
Analysts
Vicki Erickson, 775-327-2794
Vice President, Investor Relations
verickson@employers.com