Zane Benefits Publishes New Information on Health Care Reform Trends

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Employers to Drop Health Insurance but Not Health Benefits

Today, Zane Benefits, Inc. published new information on health care reform trends. Zane Benefits, which provides comprehensive and flexible alternatives to traditional employer sponsored health benefits, is the leader in defined contribution and health reimbursement arrangements.

According to Zane Benefits’ website, health care reform will not erode employer-sponsored health insurance, as some criticism points to. Two recent studies demonstrate the changes on the horizon. While businesses do plan on dropping (or making significant changes) to their employer-sponsored health insurance, the majority do not plan on dropping employee health benefits entirely.

From "Defined Benefits" to "Defined Contribution" Health Benefits

According to Zane Benefits’ website and Aon Hewitt's Annual Health Care Survey:

  • The vast majority (94%) of large and mid-sized U.S. companies say they will continue to offer health benefits to their employees in the next three to five years.
  • Of these, nearly two-thirds plan to move away from a traditional “defined benefit” approach to one that requires participants to take a more active role in their health care planning (such as "defined contribution").

Three Courses of Action

According to Zane Benefits’ website and Aon Hewitt's analysis, with the new health care reform laws and changing health care options, employers* will have three courses of action:

  • "Stay the Course:" Keep group health insurance, and pay the inevitable annual renewal rates (while looking for options to keep costs down through employee cost sharing which is already very high nationally).
  • "Pay and Exit:" Drop group health insurance (and all employer-sponsored health benefits) and pay applicable tax penalties.
  • "Play Differently:" Choose a different course of action such as defined contribution. Employer sponsored health benefits through an allowance (a medical reimbursement account) and integrates benefits with the private and public exchanges.

According to Zane Benefits’ website, this is applicable for employers with 50 or more employees who currently offer health benefits. Employers with less than 50 employees are not impacted by health care reform tax penalties.

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About Zane Benefits
Zane Benefits was founded in 2006 to provide a revolutionized SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) administration platform ("ZaneHRA") for Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and defined contribution health care. The flagship software provides a 100% paperless administration experience to employers and insurance professionals that want to offer better health benefits without a traditional group health insurance plan at lower costs. For more information about ZaneHRA, visit

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Christina Merhar
Zane Benefits
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