Employees Increasingly Accept and Understand Reductions in Health Plan Benefits and Premium-Cost Sharing

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The Employee Communications section of the 2009 UBA Employer Benefit Perspectives survey, yielded some interesting results in light of the issues that exist within today's health care debates

Indianapolis, Indiana (Vocus) June 16, 2009

United Benefit Advisors, LLC (UBA), one of the nation's leading employee benefits advisory organizations, today released additional data from the 2009 UBA Employer Benefit Perspectives survey (video), which delineates employers' positions and opinions on Employee Communications, Personal Health Management and Scope of Benefits Offered. The 2009 UBA Employer Benefit Perspectives survey provides employers with critical benchmarks that help them to compare attitudes and strategies regarding employer-provided benefits with those of their peers and competitors.

"The Employee Communications section of the 2009 UBA Employer Benefit Perspectives survey, yielded some interesting results in light of the issues that exist within today's health care debates," according to William Stafford, Vice President, Member Services for United Benefits Advisors. The first of these was in response to the opinions employers expressed about employee reaction to reduction in health plan benefits and/or increase in premium cost-sharing. Employers polled indicated that only one in five employees was upset by a reduction in benefits and/or cost increases. Roughly 40 percent or more of the employers felt their employees are aware of increasing medical costs and, although they didn't like the changes/cost increases, they understood why the employers had to make them, said Stafford.

In the area of Personal Health Management, more than two-thirds of the employers responded positively to employees needing tools to help them become better health care consumers. Specifically, tools that help the employee choose the best plan option based upon their personal and their families' medical conditions and needs were most popular. They also felt there is a need for additional employee education on health care costs and ways to manage those costs with a focus on hospital and physician costs and quality data.

To obtain additional results of the 2009 UBA Employer Benefit Perspectives survey, click here (see video) or contact your local UBA Member Firm. To find your nearest UBA Member Firm, go to http://www.benefits.com and click on the Advisor Locator tab.

ABOUT THE 2009 UBA EMPLOYER BENEFIT PERSPECTIVES SURVEY
The 2009 UBA Employer Benefit Perspectives and the 2008 UBA Employer Opinion Survey (which addressed employers' specific health care strategies, health benefits philosophy and opinion, health plan management, and Consumer Driven Health Care) serve as companion pieces to the 2008 UBA Health Plan Survey. Released in August, the 2008 UBA Health Plan Survey is the largest and most comprehensive benchmarking survey of health plan design and costs ever conducted in the U.S.

ABOUT UNITED BENEFIT ADVISORS
United Benefit Advisors, is an alliance of nearly 140 premier independent benefit advisory firms with offices in more than 165 offices throughout the U.S, Canada and the U.K., and is one of the nation's top five employee benefits advisory organizations. UBA Members - who actively cultivate, validate and collaborate with nearly 1,800 experienced benefits professionals - are uniquely prepared to share their collective wisdom with busy employers who want the assurance that they are making informed choices in a complex and rapidly changing employee benefits marketplace. As trusted and knowledgeable advisors, UBA Members go to extraordinary lengths to seek out solutions, ideas, insight, expertise and best-in-class products and tools that positively affect employers and make a real difference in the lives of their employees. Employers, advisors and industry-related organizations interested in obtaining powerful results from our shared wisdom should visit UBA online at http://www.benefits.com to locate their local UBA Member Firm.

CONTACT:
William Stafford
Vice President Member Services
United Benefit Advisors
Phone: 317-705-1800

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