Study: Number of midsize employers offering health plans to part-time employees doubled since 2013
A recent study from Transamerica Center for Health Studies found employers are optimistic about offering comprehensive health plans to their employees, with the number of midsize employers providing health benefits to part-time employees jumping from 13 percent to 26 percent since 2013.
Conducted by Harris Poll from August 29 to September 13, 2016, the study involved a 20-minute online survey among 1,502 employer decision-makers ages 18 and up. Of the respondents, 710 work for small businesses, 446 work for midsize companies and 346 work for large companies.
Here are five findings from the survey.
1. Eighty-two percent of employers said their workplace wellness program positively affects workers' health. Eighty percent said their workplace wellness program positively affects productivity and performance and 72 percent said it positively affects healthcare costs.
2. The majority (80 percent) of employer respondents said their company is concerned about the affordability of health insurance.
3. Eighty-four percent of employer respondents said healthcare benefits are important for employee attraction and retention.
4. Nineteen percent of employer respondents said their companies plan on changing their plan options in the next year or two, while 31 percent said their companies did not expect to make changes to their plan offerings.
5. Twenty-eight percent of employer respondents implemented employee wellness programs in the past 12 months.
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