U.S. employers seem to have mixed feelings about the new consumer-driven health plans.[@@]
Researchers in the Chicago office of Deloitte Consulting L.L.P. have published figures supporting that conclusion in a report on a recent survey of 314 large and midsize companies. More than 60 of the plans now offer CDHPs.
Although 52% of the managers whose companies have CDHPs agreed that the new plans “have complex and confusing designs,” 70% said the CDHPs “are well-received by some, but not all, employees,” and 42% argued that the plans help sick employees as well as healthy employees.
The managers believe the CDHPs are starting to work: 66% said the plans really do “make employees pay more for costly providers,” and 46% said the plans seem to “reward efficient providers,” according to the Deloitte researchers.
At the employers that have had CDHPs in place for more than 1 year, 80% saw CDHP enrollment increase between last year and this year, the researchers write.