As employers weigh their employee insurance options in light of healthcare reform, research continues to suggest that many are not inclined to end sponsored coverage of their workforce.

Just last week, Integrated Benefits Institute President Thomas Parry told BenefitsPro that employers stand to lose valuable data about their workforce if they discontinue or seriously erode their health coverage. In addition, he said, they would lose the opportunity to help employees with their health maintenance.

Now, a survey by Willis North America's Human Capital Practice (a unit of Willis Group Holdings) offers more support for Parry's position. Gathering input from 900 employers, the study found that 61 percent listed employee health habits as their top health cost-control challenge. Should the health insurance link to the worker be broken, those habits would be extremely difficult to influence.

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