The newly released 2010 Compensation Data Services survey results show service organizations had an average premium increase of 10.8 percent.
Despite legislation recently passed to bring costs in line, providing medical insurance continues to grow increasingly expensive for service employers across the county. The newly released 2010 Compensation Data Services survey results show service organizations had an average premium increase of 10.8 percent. More than 70 percent of survey respondents report paying more than $7,200 annually for an employee plus family plan.
Employee plus spouse plans cost employers more than $4,800, annually. Service organizations pay an annual rate of more than $2,400 for employee only coverage, with employees paying more than $300 per year for the same coverage. Although employees have become responsible for paying a larger portion of their medical insurance premiums over the last few years, employers still cover over 70 percent of the total cost.
“Employers have been feeling the financial pinch of increasing medical costs for several years now,” said Amy Kaminski, director of marketing for Compdata Surveys, the nation’s leading pay and benefits survey data provider. “The economic downturn of the last couple of years has only amplified financial concerns, causing organizations to increase their efforts to find ways to mitigate some of the costs of providing medical coverage for their employees.”
To reduce costs, service organizations employed a variety of methods. Increasing the employee portion of the premium was most prevalent at 54.5 percent, with an increase in deductible levels following at 42.5 percent. The results showed that 31.1 percent of organizations increased employee co-insurance levels. Switching carriers was utilized by 25.5 percent of survey respondents.
Cost containment measures are also a popular option as 78.5 percent of organizations surveyed use coordination of benefits to bring costs in line. More than half of service organizations employ utilization review and disease management to contain costs. Pharmacy benefit management is utilized by 48 percent of survey respondents.
About the Survey
Compensation Data Services 2010 contains data on nearly 100 industry-specific job titles and more than 250 benchmark titles ranging from entry-level to top executives. Data is collected annually from service employers across the country. The results provide a comprehensive summary of pay data, benefit information and pay practices with an effective date of January 1, 2010.