Some U.S. employers may welcome government involvement in running health insurance exchange programs.
Analysts at the Healthcare Trends Institute, an affiliate of Evolution1, have reported data supporting that finding in a summary of results from a recent survey of about 250 benefits decision makers at U.S. employers of all sizes. The institute conducted the survey from June 2014 through November 2014.
About 77 percent of the survey participants said they had heard of the private exchange concept, but only 18 percent said they were very or fairly familiar with the concept.
The analysts asked participants to rate the “features in a private exchange that are most important to you”:
Providing access to a large choice of plans at the preferred benefit level.
Letting all plans that meet minimum standards participate.
Actively screening plans.
Being run by either a state government or the federal government.
Offering a wide selection of plans at the preferred benefit level came in first: 43 percent of the participants said that feature would be very or somewhat important.