Managed Care Outlook

Fewer employers sponsor retiree health benefits


A Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation study indicates large and medium-size employers are slowly moving away from providing retiree health benefits. Those continuing to offer supplemental Medicare coverage employ cost-control strategies, such as charging premiums or using dollar caps, more frequently than in years past. The study also reveals a strong trend toward use of managed care for retiree benefit offerings.

Source: HEWITT ASSOCIATES RETIREE HEALTH TRENDS AND IMPLICATIONS OF POSSIBLE MEDICARE REFORMS, KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION, MENLO PARK, CALIF., 1997.

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