Offering more choices to employees appears to be driving the benefits trend. (Image: Shutterstock)

There’s a significant shift occurring in benefits packages offered by large employers. The focus is no longer all about plan cost containment. Instead, offering more choices to employees appears to be driving the benefits trend.

That’s what a survey of 540 large employers by Benefitfocus reveals. The benefits services provider found that employers offering plan members a high-deductible plan as an option along with a traditional plan has jumped more than 20 percent since the 2016 survey. The survey also underscored the increasing sophistication of plan members to understanding their benefits, as they are weighing the pros and cons of high-deductible versus traditional health coverage.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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