Health Care Benefits not a Major Tool in HR Cost-cutting

May 12, 2009 ( - A recent study conducted by Workscape, Inc. and the Human Capital Institute (HCI) indicates that in the midst of the economic crisis, the majority of employers are not reducing health care benefits or forcing workers to shoulder more of the costs.

The survey found that despite extreme economic pressure, most (59%) of the 308 respondents reported they are not shifting a greater percentage of health care expenses to their employees, and only 20% said they are reducing or reconstituting benefits offerings, according to a press release.

Employers are addressing economic pressures through other means, as the survey found 48% of respondents indicated there are no planned merit increases and 375 are reducing or ceasing bonus distributions this year, the announcement said.

However, some employers are taking measures to mitigate increasing health care costs. Forty-four percent (44%) said they offer at least one high-deductible healthcare plan or consumer-driven healthcare plan (CDHP) to their employees.

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