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Nation’s Largest Health Plan Survey Cites Cost Disparity Impact for Multi-State Employers

Posted by: Marianne Stook    October 3, 2010 at 7:56 PM

United Benefit Advisors (UBA) data helps employers determine potential health care costs by state

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, Oct 3, 2010 /PRWeb/ -- United Benefit Advisors (UBA) today released additional key findings from the UBA 2011 Health Plan Survey listing the five most expensive and five least expensive states for health plan coverage, based upon the average annual cost (AAC) per employee. The ACC for all plans nationally from the 2011 UBA Health Plan Survey was $8,688.

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The UBA survey reveals that while Alaska has the highest AAC per employee at $11,926, the only other states with an AAC per employee in excess of $10,500 are all located in the Northeast:

State Average Annual Cost per Employee

- Alaska: $11,926
- New York: $11,308
- Massachusetts: $11,004
- Connecticut: $11,000
- New Jersey: $10,642

Mississippi has the lowest ACC out of the five least expensive states replacing Kentucky as the lowest reported in our 2010 survey results at $6,342.

State Average Annual Cost per Employee

- Mississippi: $ 6,282
- Arkansas: $ 6,741
- Kentucky: $ 6,801
- Idaho: $ 7,029
- Arizona: $ 7,119

“These are important employee benefit benchmarks for employers looking to expand into various states determine potential impact on overall human resource costs. This may also have an bearing on the various future policies states adopt in responding to Health Care Reform in their local market,” said Bill Stafford, UBA Vice President, Member Services.

The 2011 UBA Health Plan Survey will be available to the public on Nov. 1. Only UBA Member Firms have access to the more than 250,000 pages of granular state, region and industry data. Stafford also said the analysis of the 2011 UBA Health Plan Survey data will continue over the next several months and, as in past years, additional findings will be forthcoming. UBA has Member Firms in virtually every major U.S. market. To locate one and learn more about the 2011 UBA Health Plan Survey, visit www.UBAbenefits.com.

ABOUT THE 2011 UBA HEALTH PLAN SURVEY – With responses from 16,421 health plans sponsored by 10,744 employers nationwide, the 2011 UBA Health Plan Survey is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive survey of plan design and plan costs. As the largest survey of its kind, the UBA Health Plan Survey defines benchmarks by a greater number of specific industries, regions and employer size categories than is available from any other resource. The 2011 UBA Benefit Opinions Survey (which delineates employers' positions and opinions on Health Care Strategy, Health Benefits Philosophy and Opinion, Health Plan Management, Personal Health Management, Employee Communication, and Scope of Benefits Offered) serves as a companion piece to the 2011 UBA Health Plan Survey.

ABOUT UNITED BENEFIT ADVISORS – United Benefit Advisors is a member-owned alliance of more than 140 premier independent benefit advisory firms with more than 165 offices throughout the U.S, Canada and the U.K., and is the nation's leading independent benefits advisory organization. As trusted and knowledgeable advisors, UBA Members collaborate with more than 2,000 professionals to seek out ideas, insight, expertise and best-in-class solutions that positively impact employers and make a real difference in the lives of their employees and families. Employers, advisors and industry-related organizations interested in obtaining powerful results from our shared wisdom should visit UBA online at www.UBAbenefits.com to locate your local UBA Member Firm.

William Stafford
Vice President, Member Services
Phone: 317-705-1800

Topics: health plan survey, health care costs, employee benefits, health care reform, health care