A growing number of Americans are no longer getting healthinsurance directly from work as companies quit administeringbenefits, sending about 40 million people to shop for their owncoverage by 2018, a new study estimates.

Instead of picking a companywide health plan, employers areincreasingly giving workers financial support to choose their ownfrom a menu of options. For 2015, 6 million workers selectedcoverage from markets run by private benefits administrators,according to a study from Accenture Plc.

That's double the previous year, when employees of WalgreensBoots Alliance Inc., Sears Holdings Corp. and Darden RestaurantsInc. all had to go shop on their own. By 2018, a quarter ofemployees who get insurance through work will pick a plan throughthe private markets, according to Accenture.

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