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Survey finds decision to offer benefits also affected by organization’s size and industry
Alexandria, Va. − Employers in the Pacific West are much more likely (56 percent) to offer same-sex domestic partner health care coverage than any other region in the U.S. The North Central region is the least likely (14 percent).
The availability of this and other workplace health care benefits are also affected by the employer’s size and industry, according to the “Cost of Health Care Benchmarking Study,” a survey of 700 organizations released today by the world’s largest human resource association.
For example, large organizations (66 percent) are more likely to self-fund their health care plans than medium companies (40 percent) or small ones (20 percent). Self-funded programs allow employers to have more control over the health care coverage being offered. Large organizations offer the most health care plan options to employees and usually have lower per-employee health care costs.
“Larger employers not only hold greater purchasing power, but they also have the larger HR staffs needed to research and negotiate for the best-value health care plans,” said John Dooney, manager, strategic research at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the source of the benchmarking study. “Differences in the type of health care coverage being offered are caused by revenue disparities between different industries, competitiveness of the local job market, and potential cultural differences from region to region.”
Key findings of the study:
For more information on this and other SHRM benchmark surveys, please visit:
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