This report summarizes the results of ERC’s survey of organizations in Northeast Ohio, conducted in September of 2017, on practices related to health care and wellness.
The survey reports trends in:
- Health insurance premiums
- Increases to co-pays, deductibles, and employee contributions
- Eligibility for health insurance
- Health insurance cost-control
- Wellness programs
- Wellness program administration
Some of the survey key findings include:
- Increasing costs of healthcare: During their most recent renewal, participants reported an average percent increase in premium of 6.7%.
- Eligibility requirements: 82% of this year’s sample have a “waiting period” in place to become eligible for health insurance
- Working with the ACA: Very few employers have adjusted the number of hours employees work to fall below the 30 hour per week threshold established by the ACA
- The decision makers: Participants felt strongly that cost is their primary driver
- Wellness activities: Flu shots remain the most common wellness type activity paid for by employers