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Study addresses low enrollment, low satisfaction with consumer driven plans

Managed Care Weekly Advisor, June 20, 2007

Eight to 10 million enrollees in consumer-directed health plans spend less on medical care than enrollees in traditional healthcare plans, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust. More employers are offering the former to their employees, but experts say low enrollment and low satisfaction among employees may weaken the plans.

A survey found that enrollment in consumer-driven health plans sponsored by employers was 2.7 million in 2006, excluding dependents and companies with fewer than three employees. The same figure for 2005 was 2.4 million.

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