United Benefit Advisors News and Press Releases

UBA Health Plan Survey: Best and Worst States for Group Health Insurance

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    January 26, 2017 at 9:30 AM

United Benefit Advisors Announces Top 5 Best and Worst States for Group Health Care Costs

Employer-sponsored health insurance is greatly affected by geographic region, industry, and employer size. While some cost trends have been fairly consistent since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was put in place, United Benefit Advisors (UBA) finds several surprises in their 2016 Health Plan Survey.

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Topics: health care costs, Group health plans, Les McPhearson, UBA Health Plan Survey, employer-sponsored health insurance, health care benchmarking, industry benefit cost trends

Annual Survey Finds Enrollment in Consumer-Directed Health Plans Jumps 22 Percent Despite Increase in Plan Costs

Posted by: Bill Olson    October 19, 2016 at 12:12 PM

Among employer-sponsored health insurance plans, consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) continue to increase in popularity even though they are offering less savings than a year ago, according to the 2016 Health Plan Survey from United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s largest independent survey of employer-sponsored benefits. UBA finds 26.4 percent of all U.S. employees are now enrolled in CDHP plans, an increase of 21.7 percent from last year and nearly 70 percent from five years ago.

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Topics: health plan benchmarking, Les McPhearson, UBA Health Plan Survey, UBA Health Plan Survey Executive Summary, health care trends, consumer-directed health plan

Survey: PPO Deductibles Increase Fifty Percent in 2016, Employer Costs Remain Steady

Posted by: Bill Olson    August 23, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Employees Take On More Cost for Lower Coverage

The median in-network deductible on an employer-sponsored PPO health plan increased 50 percent, from $1,000 to $1,500 in 2016, yet employer costs remain steady, according to the newly released 2016 Health Plan Survey from United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s largest independent survey of employer-sponsored benefits. Despite these significant deductible increases, nearly half of all employees continue to enroll in PPO plans, finds UBA.

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Topics: Carol Taylor, Les McPhearson, UBA Health Plan Survey, D & S Agency, health care cost, health care deductibles

Survey: Generic Drugs and Multi-Tiers Dominate Employer Sponsored Drug Plans

Posted by: Geoff Mukhtar    June 27, 2016 at 8:00 AM

United Benefit Advisors Releases New Special Report, “Trends in Prescription Drug Benefits”

Almost half (48.9 percent) of employer-sponsored prescription drug plans in America utilize three tiers, and 44.1 percent offer four or more, an increase of 34 percent from 2014 to 2015 and a 58 percent increase since 2013, according to the Special Report: Trends in Prescription Drug Benefits, from United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization. The report is based on data from the latest UBA Health Plan Survey of more than 10,000 employer-sponsored health plans.

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Topics: ACA, Les McPhearson, UBA Health Plan Survey, Affordable Care Act, multi-tier pharmacy benefits, prescription drug plans, prescription drug cost, Scott Deru

UBA: Small Businesses See Big Hikes in Health Plan Costs

Posted by: Bill Olson    April 7, 2016 at 6:00 AM

New Survey Data Reveals Health Plan Costs, Options by State and Industry

Health insurance premium renewal rates increased an average of 6.2 percent for all plans in 2015, up from the previous year’s 5.6 percent increase, according to new survey data released from United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s leading independent employee benefits advisory organization. Small businesses with fewer than 25 employees, which account for five million U.S. employers, were hit the hardest, finds UBA.

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Topics: health insurance premiums, health plan benchmarking, health plan cost trends, UBA Health Plan Survey