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Guardian Survey: Employees Are Confused About Their Health Coverage and Have No Plans for Healthcare in Retirement
Date:5/15/2008

nts living in the North Central and Southern regions saw paying for healthcare as more of a challenge than those in the West.

Paying for healthcare is a substantial/great challenge

-- 59% North Central

-- 56% South

-- 50% Northeast

-- 40% West

Employees don't fully understand some of the basic health care alphabet such as FSA (flexible spending account), HSA (health savings account) and HRA (health reimbursement account).

-- Just over half of employees are aware of flexible spending accounts and

health savings accounts in contrasts to four in ten aware of health

reimbursement accounts.

-- While two-thirds of those aware of FSAs and HSAs believe they can

explain those plans to a co-worker, only about half of the respondents

aware of HRAs feel they could do so.

"As women continue to make strides in the workforce and gain earning parity with men this may help to lessen the gender discrepancy we see with paying for healthcare," said Tim Bireley, vice president, Group Medical, Guardian. "Guardian is committed to working with small and midsize business owners to help mitigate the impact of health care inflation and to help employers offer high-quality affordable health care benefits to their employees."

Guardian recently launched a program -- Guardian Premium Protect(SM) -- to help business owners with 51 to 150 employees lock-in health care rates for two years to avoid double-digit premium increases. The program involves predictable employee cost sharing and empowers employers to pass premium savings down to employees by setting up health reimbursement accounts.

Guardian's health plan includes a pharmacy benefit management program to help reduce the costs of prescription drugs for small and midsize business owners and their employees.

Added Bireley, "The need and opportunity to educate consumers transcend gender. A 2006 Guardian study revealed
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