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Zane Benefits Publishes Information About Large Companies Switching to Defined Contribution & Private Exchanges for Employee Health Benefits
Date:12/17/2012

(PRWEB) December 17, 2012

Zane Benefits, the leader in Defined Contribution and Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) solutions for business health benefits, today published information about Sears Holding Corp.'s switch to Defined Contribution and Private Health Insurance Exchanges for its employees.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Sears Holdings Corp. has joined the ranks of thousands of businesses small and large, by announcing it will move to a Defined Contribution model for employee health benefits in 2013. Through the plan, Sears will allocate a fixed dollar amount for employees and their dependents to purchase health insurance through a private health exchange.

The goal of the shift is to combat the rising cost of providing health benefits to Sears’ 90,000 eligible employees.

The cost per participant under traditional group health plans is on the rise. Employers are also feeling the pinch from minimum requirements such as the minimum percentage of the premium that must be paid by the employer, and the requirement that a minimum percentage of employees join the group plan. If either of t
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