For the past several years,employers have wrestled with how to control health care costs whilealso ensuring employee satisfaction with their benefits in anincreasingly competitive market. While previous strategies haveincluded shifting health care expenses onto employees via higherpremiums and deductibles, employers in 2019 applied a new approach:diversifying benefits options to provide employees with thepersonalized care they need.

DirectPath's 2019 Medical Trends and Observations Report, based onan analysis of more than 1,000 employee benefits plans from nearly200 companies and created in collaboration with Gartner, shows aclear effort by employers to diversify health plan options, offermore voluntary benefits and encourage and reward employeeparticipation in a broader host of wellness programs.

Here's a look back at the top benefits strategies employers usedto reduce costs and increase employee satisfaction in 2019.

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