According to a recent survey conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (, a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research institute that focuses on health, savings, retirement, and economic security issues, the importance of benefits as criteria in choosing jobs remains high among American workers. Health insurance, in particularly, continues to be, by far, the most important employee benefit to workers. This finding has remained constant even following the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), which has continued to raise questions about whether employers will continue to offer health coverage to their workers in the future.

The EBRI survey also found that, in 2014, while the majority of workers were satisfied with the health benefits they now have, almost one-third (31 percent) expressed an interest in changing the current mix of benefits and wages offered by their employers.

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