Michigan Employers Shifting More Health Costs To Workers

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Employers in Michigan are requiring workers to contribute more totheir health plans as health care costs continue to rise, according toan annual survey released Tuesday by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Detroit News reports. To contain costs, the survey found that among employers surveyed:

  • 69% are increasing workers' deductibles, copayments and/or coinsurance;
  • 67% are choosing health care plans that increase workers' contributions to premiums;
  • 32% are scaling back the level of benefits and/or buying less-expensive plans;
  • 9% are eliminating spousal or dependent coverage;
  • 2% are eliminating all health care benefits;
  • 24%are considering offering consumer-driven health plans, such as thosewith high deductibles or health savings accounts, as an addition totheir current plans; and
  • 10% are considering offering consumer-driven health plans as an alternative to current plans (Kosmetatos, Detroit News, 9/4).

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