United Benefit Advisors Insight and Analysis Blog

Group Healthcare Premiums by State: How does your plan stack up?

Posted by: Bill Olson    Apr 11, 2016 12:00:00 PM

We recently highlighted the top five best and worst states for group health plan costs. See below for your state's average monthly premiums and read our breaking news release with the cost findings by industry.

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

Top Five Best and Worst States for Group Health Plans

Posted by: Matt Weimer    Apr 8, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Top 5Health 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 UBA’s Health Plan Survey. Small businesses with fewer than 25 employees, which account for five million U.S. employers, were hit the hardest—see our breaking news with the details.

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Topics: health plan benchmarking, group health insurance, Group health plans, health plan cost trends, UBA Health Plan Survey, health insurance cost

HRAs, HSAs, and Health FSAs – What's the Difference?

Posted by: Danielle Capilla    Feb 19, 2016 4:55:25 PM

Health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), health savings accounts (HSAs) and health care flexible spending accounts (HFSAs) are generally referred to as account-based plans. That is because each participant has their own account, at least for bookkeeping purposes. Under the tax rules, amounts may be contributed to these accounts (with certain restrictions) and used for health care on a tax-favored basis.

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Topics: health plan benchmarking, PPACA Affordable Care Act, health savings account, health reimbursement arrangements, HRA, HSA, UBA 2014 Health Plan Survey, health care flexible spending account, health plan cost trends, HFSA

How to Benchmark Your Health Plan

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Are you benchmarking your health plan correctly? If you are using data from your carrier or a small study of only large employers, chances are you are not effectively analyzing your rates. To truly benchmark your plan, you need to compare your plan to others in your state, industry, and size category.

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Topics: health insurance premiums, health plan benchmarking, Group health plans, UBA Health Plan Survey

Top 8 Free (!) UBA Healthcare Cost and Compliance Resources for Employers

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 12, 2016 12:00:00 PM

UBA offers a comprehensive library of ACA Advisors and white papers to help employers navigate health care cost and compliance. Every year we look at the documents most accessed by employers and remind our audience of these helpful, free resources. Here’s what was most in demand in 2015.

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Topics: compliance, ACA, health plan benchmarking, UBA Health Plan Survey, Don't Roll the Dice on Department of Labor Audits, cafeteria plan, Affordable Care Act, annual benefit limits, white paper, health care cost, account-based plans

UBA Health Plan Survey: Plans Popular with Employers Aren’t Always Tops with Employees

Posted by: Bill Olson    Nov 19, 2015 12:00:00 PM

The UBA Health Plan Survey tracks plans offered by region as well as enrollment by region. From a prevalence perspective, preferred provider organization (PPO) plans are most prevalent in the Central U.S., though they generally dominate nationwide, except in the Northeast where consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) are most prevalent.

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Topics: health plan benchmarking, UBA Health Plan Survey, health plan trends, health plan costs, health plan enrollment

UBA Survey Finds Self-Funded Pharmacy Plans Have Increased Nearly 30 Percent in Five Years

Posted by: Bill Olson    Sep 8, 2015 3:51:33 PM

As a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) triggering cost increases for fully insured employer-sponsored health insurance plans, more employers are moving to a self-funded model for pharmacy plans, particularly among large employers (1,000+ employees), according to the 2014 United Benefit Advisors (UBA) Health Plan Survey.

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Topics: ACA, health plan benchmarking, health care reform, PPACA Affordable Care Act, pharmacy benefits, UBA Health Plan Survey

Region Matters When It Comes to HSA Funding, CDHP Adoption

Posted by: Bill Olson    Apr 30, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Region Matters When It Comes to HSA Funding, CDHP AdoptionWe’ve already discussed Health Savings Account (HSA) activity at length, looking first at the correlation between generous HSA contributions and increased enrollment in consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs). Second, we looked at how HSAs have performed in recent years across different industries. Now, we’ll look closer at HSA activity across different regions of the country, based on the results of the 2014 UBA Health Plan Survey.

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Topics: health plan benchmarking, CDHPs, health savings accounts, HSA, consumer-driven health plan, HSA funding, Kaminsky & Associates, LHD Benefit Advisors, UBA Health Plan Survey, Mark Sherman, Brian M. Goff, Andrea Kinkade

PPACA’s Impact on How CDHPs and HSAs Work Together

Posted by: Bill Olson    Mar 31, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Employer health savings account (HSA) funding strategies have changed in recent years in response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and its impact on employer-sponsored health insurance plans. Employers are contributing less, on average, to HSAs and the increase in popularity of cost-saving consumer-driven health plans (CDHPs) has also had a major impact on how employers use these accounts.

In 2014, employees saw a 10 percent decrease in their average single HSA employer contribution from the previous year, from $574 in 2013 to $515 in 2014, according to new data released from the 2014 UBA Health Plan Survey, the largest health benefits survey in the nation. Average family contributions also decreased 7 percent during the same period, from $958 to $890.

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Topics: health plan benchmarking, CDHPs, PPACA Affordable Care Act, health savings account, HSA, consumer-driven health plan, 2014 Health Plan Survey, HSA funding

Top 2014 UBA Publications for Employers

Posted by: Bill Olson    Jan 8, 2015 11:53:00 AM

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UBA publishes many white papers, an executive summary of its annual Health Plan Survey, and other custom reports. Below are the publications that garnered the most interest and requests from employers in 2014.


 

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Topics: health plan benchmarking, PPACA, employers, 2014, United Benefit Advisors, white papers, Publications