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Web Briefing for Media: 2015 Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey

Web Briefing for Media: 2015 Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey

The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) held their annual reporters-only web briefing on Tuesday, September 22 at 11 a.m. ET to release the 2015 Employer Health Benefits Survey.

The 17th annual Kaiser/HRET survey provides a detailed look at the current state of employer-based coverage and trends in private health insurance, including premiums, worker and employer contributions, firm offer rates, plan deductibles, and other cost-sharing requirements, with breakouts for small and large firms.

The survey also provides insight into how employers are adapting to the Affordable Care Act’s phased-in requirements to offer coverage and preparing for the law’s “Cadillac” tax, which could affect relatively high-cost health plans starting in 2018.  In addition, the survey also examines employers’ use of wellness programs and biometric screenings, including financial incentives and penalties.

Drew Altman, president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation; Maulik S. Joshi, president of the Health Research & Educational Trust; long-time study director Gary Claxton, a Kaiser vice president; and Matthew Rae, a study co-author and Kaiser senior policy analyst, participated in the briefing.

The full report and executive summary were made available at at the time of the embargoed briefing. The journal Health Affairs will publish a Web First article with select findings.