Many employers want to talk to brokers or benefits consultants about setting up defined contribution health plans in a year or two.
More than one-third told a polling firm they want to start to switch next year, and 39 percent said they want to switch in 2015.
About 33 percent of the employers that hope to convert would get advice from insurance brokers, and 33 percent would talk to benefits brokers. Just 9 percent think a payroll company would be a good source of conversion guidance.
Alegeus Technologies, a company that sells health savings account program administration systems to benefits administrators and health plans, has published those results in a summary of a July survey of 502 U.S. employers with more than 50 employees.
The survey team asked benefits decisionmakers how much they had heard about the defined contribution health plan concept, when they would want to move to a DC health plan strategy, and what advisors they would use to make the shift.
Today, most employers with traditional group health plans pay a fixed percentage of the cost of health coverage.
An employer with a DC health plan gives each employee a set amount of cash, then has each employee buy individual coverage.
Consultants have been suggesting that the debut of the DC health plan was imminent for more than a decade.
One obstacle has been that, in most states, medical underwriting rules have made individual coverage impossible for some workers to buy, and much more expensive for some qualifying workers than for others.