Employer-sponsored health insurance: Pressing problems, incremental changes

Sally Trude, Jon B. Christianson, Cara S. Lesser, Carolyn Watts, Andrea M. Benoit

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Despite large premium increases, employers made only modest changes to health benefits in the past two years. By increasing copayments and deductibles and changing their pharmacy benefits, employers shifted costs to those who use services. Employers recognize these changes as short-term fixes, but most have not developed strategies for the future. Although interested in "defined-contribution" benefits, employers do not agree about what this entails and have no plans for moving to defined contributions in the near future. While dramatic changes in health benefits are unlikely in the short term, policymakers may want to watch for future erosions in health coverage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-75
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002


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