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Health Benefits In 2006: Premium Increases Moderate, Enrollment In Consumer-Directed Health Plans Remains Modest

Sept. 26, 2006
Health Affairs, Web exclusive
Gary Claxton, Jon R. Gabel, Isadora Gil, Jeremy D. Pickreign, Heidi H. Whitmore, Benjamin Finder, Samantha Hawkins


This annual survey of employers provides a detailed look at trends in employer-sponsored health coverage, including changes in premiums, employee contributions, cost-sharing policies, and other relevant information. This year the survey also documented the prevalence of high-deductible health plans associated with a savings option, including the percentage of employers offering these plan types and the percentage of workers covered by them. The 2006 survey included 3,159 randomly selected public and private firms with three or more employees (2,122 of which responded to the full survey and 1,037 of which responded to an additional question about offering coverage). Researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Center for Studying Health System Change and Health Research and Educational Trust designed and analyzed the survey.

Free access to this Health Affairs article is available at the Kaiser Family Foundation Web site.

 

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