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Most Employers to Offer Health Plans to Employees in Near Future

The findings are similar to those last month from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, which found that 85 percent of respondents said they definitely would or were very likely to continue coverage.

July 24, 2012
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Most employers intend to keep offering health care plans to their employees, according to a survey.

Eighty-one percent of the 560 employers surveyed by Deloitte L.L.P said they intend to continue offering coverage over the next one to three years, while 10 percent anticipate dropping health coverage and 9 percent weren't sure.

"Employers offer health benefits to attract and retain employees and sustain job satisfaction," Deloitte noted July 24 as the major reason why employers plan to offer health coverage to their workers.

The findings are similar to those last month from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, which found that 85 percent of respondents said they definitely would or were very likely to continue coverage.

Larger employers, though, are more likely to do so, according to the Deloitte survey.

While 13 percent of employers with 50 to 100 employees anticipate dropping coverage in the next one to three years, just 1 percent of employers with 1,000 to 2,499 employees and 2 percent of employers with at least 2,500 employees anticipate dropping coverage.

Jerry Geisel writes for Business Insurance, a sister publication of Workforce Management. To comment, email editors@workforce.com.

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