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Most Employers Making Changes to Their 2010 Medical Program Expect to Increase Employee Contributions: Aon Consulting Survey
Date:10/7/2009

CHICAGO, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As employees flip through their open enrollment packets, they may notice substantial changes to their medical plan for 2010, from increases to employee contributions to introducing a wellness program, according to the 2009 Benefits & Talent Survey by Aon Consulting, the human capital consulting firm of Aon Corporation (NYSE: AOC).

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Aon Consulting surveyed 1,313 employers nationwide in its 2009 Benefits & Talent Survey and found that 41 percent of employers are expecting to make more substantial changes to their 2010 medical program than they did this year. Specifically, 70 percent are planning to increase employee contributions(1) and 67 percent are expecting to raise deductibles(2), co-pays(3), coinsurance(4) or out-of-pocket maximums(5).

In addition, more than half of employers are expecting to introduce or expand a wellness program next year, and 34 percent are planning to introduce or increase financial incentives for wellness programs in 2010.

"As in year's past, many employers are expecting to shift additional health care costs to employees in 2010 to share the burden of double-digit rate increases," said John Zern, U.S. Health & Benefits Practice Director with Aon Consulting. "However, it may be more dramatic next year, as many organizations try to avoid taking other drastic measures such as layoffs or salary freeze
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