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Consumer-driven health surging, study finds

CFO, April 19, 2010

As it becomes increasingly clear that healthcare reform alone will not slow the steady annual increase in the cost of medical services and insurance, the allure of consumer-directed health plans seems to be brightening, CFO reports. More than 50% of employers now offer them, mostly as one of several options, and that number looks likely to top 60% in the coming year, according to a recent report by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health. CDHPs now cover 15.4% of employees, according to a survey of some 12,300 employers by United Benefits Advisors, an industry group for insurance brokers.