Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey results

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June 2016

PwC's 2016 Health & Well-being Touchstone survey is an industry leader in the study of what US-based employers are doing, and thinking of doing with their benefit programs, strategy and administration.

Subjects covered include medical, prescription drug, dental plan design, costs, wellness and disease management programs, work-life programs, fringe benefits, retirement benefits, future healthcare strategies and healthcare reform.

We look beyond the steady increase in medical plan costs, to the continued shift to high deductible plans. With ACA in the rear view mirror, the Cadillac tax is dead ahead.

Key findings and questions:

Despite the high cost of prescription drugs, cost sharing hasn’t increased.
Public exchanges should reduce COBRA liabilities, but are employers encouraging the use of public exchanges?
What’s the #1 area of investment and strategy? Wellness. So what's on the horizon? 


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Overview of the 2016 Health and Well-being Touchstone Survey results


Medical plan costs

Medical plan costs before plan changes increased 6.1% but less than the expected 7.6%.

Employers are continuing to rely on traditional methods for mitigating increasing costs through plan design changes and increasing contributions, and they aren’t making transformational changes.

Medical costs continue to increase more quickly than inflation, but 2015 increases were lower than anticipated.

High deductible plans continue to gain popularity

1 out of 4 companies have already adopted full replacement on High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs). Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans remain popular, but have steadily declined in favor of the trend to move to HDHPs.

72% of all participants offer a HDHP.

Healthcare reform

69% of employers surveyed indicated that they will be financially impacted by the excise tax on high cost plans. 41% of employers surveyed expect to trigger the excise tax by 2020.

Physical activity/fitness programs and tobacco cessation are approaching similar levels of prevalence as health risk assessments and biometric screenings.

Wellness is number one

Wellness is the #1 area of investment and #1 strategy for employers. 76% of employers offer wellness programs and they’ve expanded them into well-being.

Contact us

Greg Mansur

Principal, PwC US

Tel: +1 (213) 270 8790

Barbara Gniewek

Health & Welfare Practice Leader, PwC US

Tel: +1 (646) 471 8301

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