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Percentage of all covered employees now enrolled in CDHPs
Employers with a plan on track to hit the excise tax threshold in 2020 if they make no changes before then
Employers with 500+ employees that are likely to terminate health coverage within 5 years
Growth in total health benefit cost per employee in 2015
Average projected increase in health benefit cost in 2016, after making planned changes
Average percentage that cost would rise if employers made no changes to their plans in 2016
The threat of health reform's excise tax has heightened the business imperative to control health benefit cost, and the survey found employers taking action on several fronts in 2015. They added low-cost consumer-directed health plans -- and enrollment in these plans reached a milestone 25 percent of all covered employees.
With a view toward long-term cost management, they added programs that support employee well-being by addressing sleep disorders, resiliency, and financial health. And they pursued innovative approaches to restructuring provider reimbursement to drive higher-value care.
Mercer Director of Research for Health & Benefits Beth Umland discusses how employer-sponsored healthcare has changed over the history of the National Survey.
Mercer experts have been widely quoted in news outlets across the country following the release of the National Survey of Employer-sponsored Health Plans. Below are some highlights of what they have been saying.