Wednesday, October 01, 2014

2013 UBA Health Plan Survey, The Nation’s Largest Employee Benefits Benchmarking Survey

Data in the 2013 UBA Health Plan Survey is based on responses from 10,551 employers sponsoring 16,928 health plans nationwide. This unparalleled number of reported plans is nearly three times larger than the next two of the nation’s largest health plan benchmarking surveys combined. The resulting volume of data provides employers of all sizes more detailed — and therefore more meaningful — benchmarks and trends than any other source.

The survey’s focus is intended to provide a current snapshot of the nation’s employers rather than covered employees. Results are applicable to the small to midsize companies that comprise approximately 98 percent of the nation’s 5 million-plus employers, as well as to larger employers, providing benchmarking data on a more detailed level than any other survey.

2013 survey data shows four-tier drug plans and pharmacy copays increased dramatically since 2012, especially for large employers. The data shows how employers are adjusting to health care reform legislation through prescription plan design that shifts more cost to employees.

Read a full press release here and download a copy of UBA’s special “Pharmacy Report,” based on the 2013 UBA Health Plan Survey.

2013 Survey Information



2012 Survey Information


Why Benchmarking?

Comprehensive Health Plan Topics: The survey contains information on a wide range of health plan-related topics,including high-deductible health plans, health savings accounts (HSAs), health reimbursement accounts (HRAs), employee consumerism, wellness programs, chronic disease management programs and more.

The Nation’s Largest Survey: The UBA Health Plan Survey is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive survey of U.S. health plans, with validated responses of nearly 16,928 health plans sponsored by nearly 10,551 employers.

Have All the Facts: Benchmarking data from the UBA Health Plan Survey can help you gauge a wide range of factors regarding your health plan offerings, such as:

  • Are company premiums above or below the norm?
  • Are the levels of contributions you require your employees to pay in line with our competitors?
  • Are co-pays, deductibles, coinsurance and out-of-pocket maximums for your plans inline with averages for your geography, industry and size?
  • How do your annual premium increases compare with other employers in your area?
  • How do your prescription drug benefits compare?
  • Are you in step with the cost-containment strategies being implemented successfully by other companies in our industry?

As health care exchanges go online and fewer businesses are burdened with a full health care plan, an interest in voluntary products continues to grow. United Benefit Advisors released preliminary results from its Ancillary Products Survey, which indicates vast differences in voluntary benefits offered by employer size, region and industry, highlighting the importance of using local benchmarking data in benefits planning.

Know what others in your industry or area are offering when it comes to voluntary benefits.

The 2014 UBA Benefit Opinions Survey provides employers who participate with critical data that allow them to compare their attitudes and strategies regarding employer-provided health care with those of their peers and competitors. This survey will reveal which strategies are actually being implemented (rather than just talked about) and which ones are really working.

The survey delineates employers' opinions in five key areas: Health Plan Strategy, Benefits Philosophy and Opinion, Health Plan Management, Personal Health Management, and Employee Communications. The survey compiles information from employers representing all major industry classifications, employee size categories, and regions of the country.


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