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New EBRI/Commonwealth Fund Research: Enrollment in Consumer-Driven Plans Remains Low, Survey Shows
Date:3/18/2008

en plans, though not among those in high-deductible plans.

The EBRI Issue Brief notes that because the cost of health benefits has been increasing faster than inflation and worker earnings, employers have been seeking ways to manage the cost increases. Recently, more workers have been subject to higher deductibles and there has been growing interest among employers in offering health plans with deductibles that are even higher than what workers are used to seeing. Most of the activity in health plans that combine high-deductibles with a tax-preferred savings or spending account for health care expenses has taken place since 2004.

The third annual EBRI/Commonwealth survey is based on an online survey of 4,217 privately insured adults ages 21-64 and was conducted August-October 2007. The sample was randomly drawn from Synovate's online sample of more than 2 million Internet users who have agreed to participate in research surveys. Additional information on the survey methodology appears in the March 2008 EBRI Issue Brief.

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. The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high-performing health care system by supporting independent research on health care issues.


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