Americans Spend Less Than One Hour on Health Plan Options During Open Enrollment
The latest Consumer Engagement in Health Care Survey (CEHCS) revealed that although many Americans are satisfied with the open enrollment process overall, they are not looking closely at their health plan options when making selections. Since 2005, the survey has been jointly conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) and Greenwald Research to provide data on the growth of consumer driven and high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and their impact on health care consumers.
These are the key takeaways from the CEHCS:
The survey also gathered sentiments about health savings accounts (HSAs). The majority of respondents viewed an HSA as a savings account and opened it to save for future expenses and to save on taxes.
Employee benefits can be complicated. Although open enrollment is the most pivotal time to highlight employee benefits, employers have an opportunity to educate employees throughout the year. Ongoing communication after open enrollment can help employees understand and utilize their available benefits. A better understanding may help employees make more active choices in their health plans during open enrollment season.
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