Case Study Shows Benefits of Engaging Employees in Health Benefit Design


As open enrollment season for health insurance gets underway, a case study released this week shows that employees who are meaningfully engaged in deliberating and designing their health care benefits may have a more positive view of their coverage options. The case study, “Prioritizing Health Care Spending: Engaging Employees in Health Care Benefit Design,” was based on an effort developed by Janet McNichol, SPHR, CAE, human resources director at the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association (ASHA), to redesign a benefit option offered at the association. Experts from George Mason University and the National Pharmaceutical Council contributed as co-authors. The case study is especially relevant as more than half of insured Americans get their health insurance through their employers, but more costs have been shifted to employees in the form of deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance.

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