Employees Favor Employer Health Plans (Even as Some Employers May Dump Them)

But would employers be lured to exchanges if they were less costly than employer-sponsored plans?

Most U.S. workers are satisfied with employer-provided health coverage, according to a new survey by the Washington, D.C.-based National Business Group on Health.

The report, “Perceptions of Health Benefits in a Recovering Economy: A Survey of Employees,” was conducted from late May through early June. A total of 1,545 employees at organizations with 2,000 or more employees responded. Respondents were between the ages of 22 and 69 and receive their health care benefits through their employer or union.

There have been conflicting reports over how many employers will drop coverage for employees. Deloitte’s report predicts a lesser impact than some. Last year, consulting firm McKinsey & Co. drew fire from when it stated 30% of respondents will “definitely” or “probably” stop offering employer-sponsored health insurance after 2014. According to the Deloitte survey, 9% of companies expect to stop offering insurance in the next one to three years.

But U.S. workers’ satisfaction levels with employer-provided health care coverage has risen or remained the same compared to three years ago, according to a survey of employees conducted by the NBGH, a non-profit association of nearly 350 large employers.

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