Companies are expected to spend an estimated $7,720 per employee on health care this year, up from $7,211 last year, according to NBGH
But both the Towers Watson and NBGH
surveys suggest companies are watching to see how the private exchanges develop before committing themselves.
hopes to have a toolkit available in the fall, Darling says.
Half of employers surveyed by Towers Watson early this year with the NBGH
already have or plan within the next year to revamp their health plans.
used the report to press for changes to the tax code to help employers address obesity and its impact on workforce health and productivity
Most members offer CDH plans as one option, and the CDH plan must be generous to compete with their other plans, "especially during the transition," notes NBGH
President Helen Darling.
Analysts at the NBGH
and Towers Watson have reported those figures in a summary of results from a survey of benefits managers at 583 employers with at least 1,000 employees.
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.