Navigation Links
EBRI Policy Forum: Large Employers Continue to Offer Health Benefits
Date:2/7/2008

WASHINGTON, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Large employers say they are not ready to bail out of their role of acting as the backbone of health insurance coverage in the United States, according to an article published today by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). But the article also notes that large employers are pushing for changes they hope will alleviate the rising costs of health benefits, and the current picture could shift quickly if one large employer drops benefits.

Large employers have not settled on one model for the changes they are seeking and are not convinced that new consumer-directed health plans are the solution, reports the article in the February 2008 EBRI Notes, which summarizes discussion at EBRI's December 2007 policy forum. Moreover, some of the changes the employers are talking about could be as much as a decade in the future. The article is available online at http://www.ebri.org.

Although employers that offer health benefits say they remain committed to the current system, the article notes they are watching competitors closely. If one big sponsor takes the first step and decides to drop benefits, others say they would likely follow.

Even though employers are very concerned about rising health benefit costs, they say they continue to support an employment-based system because they believe they will end up paying "one way or the other" and because they believe the most innovation comes out of the private sector, not out of the government sector, the article says.

The policy forum sought to assess reports that the U.S. employment-based health benefits system has reached a "tipping point" because of rising costs. Despite claims of the demise of the employment-based system, EBRI data presented at the forum showed that, historically, there has been general stability in terms of workers being eligible for benefits, the percentage of workers who have coverage, the share of premiums paid by workers, and the share of out-of-pocket costs paid by workers. These data are discussed in EBRI's Issue Brief, "The Future of Employment-Based Health Benefits: Have Employers Reached a Tipping Point?" available at http://www.ebri.org/pdf/briefspdf/EBRI_IB_12-20073.pdf .

One major exception: Employment-based retiree health benefits have been in sharp decline, the article says. In addition, the article reports that workers in private-sector firms with fewer than 10 employees were much more likely to be uninsured than workers in private-sector firms with 1,000 or more employees.

EBRI is a private, nonprofit research institute based in Washington, DC, that focuses on health, savings, retirement, and economic security issues. EBRI does not lobby and does not take policy positions. http://www.ebri.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Employee Benefit Research Institute
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. GPhAs 2007 Annual Policy Conference Features Top Generic Industry CEOs; FDA, Government Officials; Wall Street Analysts
2. Chinas 1-child policy could backfire on its elderly
3. Education Key Focus of Michigan Policy Summit
4. Consumer Group: Hillary Clintons Mandatory Health Insurance Purchase Plan is an Act of War on the Middle Class Family That Cant Afford $12k Policy
5. SATELLITE BROADCAST: Consumer Group Says Hillary Clintons Mandatory Health Insurance Plan is an Act of War on the Middle Class that Cant Afford $12k Policy
6. First-in-the-Nation Health Care Billing Policy Announced in Minnesota
7. Statement by Robert Greenstein, Executive Director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, on the New Congressional SCHIP Agreement
8. Global Leaders Converge for Special Olympics Global Policy Summit
9. Wellpoint NextRx Receives TIPPS Certification from the HR Policy Association
10. National Medical Association Selects New Director of Health Policy
11. Schwarzenegger Signs Bill to Remove Written Informed Consent for HIV Testing; "Most Important Change in Public HIV/AIDS Policy in Years," Says AHF
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... While it’s often important to take certain medications during the night, finding ... identified a solution. , She developed a prototype for MOTION LIGHT-UP PILL BOX to ... the need to turn on a light when taking medication during the night, allowing ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... PurhealthRX , a leading Health and Nutrition Company, is ... to full spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize the rapidly growing CBD market by reducing ... easily incorporated into liquid products, while reducing costs to end users. , The team ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Apple ... care services, staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a disaster ... Fire Department, Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading ... to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New York ... globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... giving viewers the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," ... on current events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... PROVIDENCE, R.I. , Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... immunogenicity assessment, vaccine design, and immune-engineering today announced ... focused on the development of personalized therapeutic cancer ... and has provided exclusive access to enabling technologies ... MSc Eng., MBA will lead EpiVax Oncology as ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... LOUISVILLE, Ky. , Sept. 19, 2017   ZirMed ... and predictive analytics, today announced that it has been ranked ... the Black Book™ Rankings 2017 User Survey. ZirMed ... software solution for large hospitals and medical centers over 200 ... in Black Book,s healthcare technology user survey history. ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... -- Consumer reviews on the independent review site Consumer Affairs ... for hearing aids, ranking it higher than Miracle Ear ™, ... ... Hearing Aids ... store that provides high performance, state-of-the-art, German-engineered hearing aids directly to ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: