Large Companies are Increasingly Offering Workers Only High Deductible Health Plans

Historically, one of the perks of working at a big company has been generous health benefits with modest out-of-pocket costs. But increasingly, large companies are offering their employees only one option: a plan with a relatively high deductible linked to a savings account for medical expenses.

According to the annual health benefits survey by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health, 66 percent of companies with 1,000 employees or more offered at least one such plan this year. This figure is expected to grow to nearly 80 percent next year, according to the survey. At nearly 15 percent of companies surveyed, an account-based plan was the only option -- an increase from 7.6 percent in 2010.

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Source: Kaiser Health News