A majority of U.S. employers expect to ask employees to pay more for health coverage in 2011.
About 57% of employers plan to increase employees’ contributions, and 65% expect to increase deductibles, co-payments, out-of-pocket maximums and other cost-sharing amounts and percentages, according to Aon Consulting, a unit of Aon Corp., Chicago (NYSE:AON).
Aon has published those figures in a summary of results from a survey of 1,079 employers.
Employers continue to make an effort to shield workers from the full brunt of health coverage inflation: Just 40% of the survey participants say the additional workers contributions will be equal to the 2011 renewal cost increases. About 49% say the increase in workers’ contributions will be less than the renewal increase.
Similarly, 46% of the employers that expect to pass on costs through changes in plan design expect the changes to equal the renewal increase, but 46% expect the effects of plan design changes to be less than the renewal increase.