The Demonstrated Value of Consumer-Driven Health Plans
Employers may be familiar with high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and health care accounts, such as health savings accounts (HSAs). A CDHP is simply the combination of those benefits—an HDHP paired with a health care spending account.
CDHPs can be an excellent way for employers to control health care spending. In fact, CDHPs are often more effective at reducing total medical costs compared to traditional health plans. For example, short-term cost savings increased over 20% for employers during their first year of switching to a CDHP, according to a Cigna report. That’s because CDHPs share much of their costs with employees, rather than relying primarily on the employer. Even employers who contribute to employee health accounts can choose how much they’d like to contribute, providing even more spending control.
Beyond monetary advantages, CDHPs also help improve employee satisfaction with their health coverage. By enabling employees to choose when and how their health dollars are spent, they can decide what’s best for their unique situations. Under a traditional plan, employees are relegated to a more passive role and do not have access to a tax-advantaged account that can be used for qualified health expenses.
CDHPs offer an intriguing option for long-term improvement and cost savings—so much so that many employers across the nation either have already implemented CDHPs or are considering doing so. Reach out to us today to learn more about this exciting plan type.