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Study Shows Consumers With High Deductible Health Plans Are More Savvy About Controlling Costs, Improving Health
Date:4/15/2009

ese survey outcomes and look forward to similar employer and consumer studies scheduled to be conducted later this year," said Post. "This way we will be able to gauge the impact of our efforts to educate the health care consumer and offer the appropriate tools and programs. Over the long run, we expect the consumerism movement to result in greater awareness of wellness, improved long-term health for consumers of our region, and a strong potential for lowering medical cost trends to help employers control health care costs."

IBC offers many ways for members to become engaged in health care decisions. For example, a pilot program of Healthy Lifestyles(SM) Rewards, an incentive program to help members work toward a healthier lifestyle, was launched earlier this year with four employers, and will be offered to employers with more than 100 employees, beginning July 2009. Healthy Lifestyles Rewards allows employers to reward employees' healthy behavior with gift cards.

The two consumerism surveys commissioned by IBC were conducted online by DSS Research, a national research firm headquartered in Fort Worth, Tex. The Consumerism Study interviewed several thousand southeastern Pennsylvania consumers in August 2008 who were insured either by IBC or another carrier. The employer group study was conducted in November 2008 among 225 organizations in the Philadelphia area. All employers had at least 100 employees who participate in their health plans.

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Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.4 million people. For more than 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross's HMO and PPO health care plans have consisten
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