There's a significant shiftoccurring in benefits packages offered by large employers. Thefocus is no longer all about plan cost containment. Instead,offering more choices to employees appears to be driving thebenefits trend.

That's what a survey of 540 large employers by Benefitfocus reveals. The benefits servicesprovider found that employers offering plan members ahigh-deductible plan as an option along with a traditional plan hasjumped more than 20 percent since the 2016 survey. The survey alsounderscored the increasing sophistication of plan members inunderstanding their benefits, as they are weighing the pros andcons of high-deductible versus traditional health coverage.

Benefitfocus extracted several major trends from the surveydata, which came from employers with an aggregate 1.3 millioncovered employees:

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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.