Survey: Employers to continue benefits but shift approach

A recent Aon Hewitt survey shows that among large and midsize employers, 94% plan to continue offering health benefits for their employees for the next three to five years. However, 37% of employers plan to change their approach in offering coverage, moving from the "managed trend" to a "house money/house rules" approach, which includes actions such as lowering premiums or giving broader coverage in exchange for taking biometric screenings or answering health risk questionnaires. "Employers are staying in the game, but they are taking bold and assertive steps to achieve more effective results," said Aon Hewitt executive vice president John Zern.

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