Survey finds average premium for single healthcare coverage up 16 percent since 2016

Salt Lake City, September 24, 2019 – Utah’s Employers Council, a leader in human resource and employment law services for the business community, recently announced the results of its 2019 Utah Health, Welfare & Plans Survey – revealing the average premium for single (employee only) coverage increased 16 percent since 2016, to $567.

The survey is designed to help Utah employers determine how their benefit offerings compare to the marketplace. The new survey includes valuable data segregated by private, public and non-profit sectors for health, dental, life, short-term disability and long-term disability insurance.

“Overall, the survey reveals that Utah employers continue to see increasing costs to their health insurance plans,” said Ryan D. Nelson, president of Employers Council’s Utah office. “The survey reveals valuable data to help Utah employers determine how their benefit offerings compare to the marketplace. This data enables employers to make strategic decisions with certainty and accuracy.”

Key findings from the survey included:

  • Average monthly premium for single (employee only) coverage all plan types combined (HMO, PPO, POS, HDHP) is $567 – an increase of 16 percent since 2016.
  • Percentage of health coverage paid by employer is 80 percent for single (employee only) coverage, no change since last year.
  • Average employer contribution to an employee’s HSA account when enrolled in a single (employee only) high deductible health plan is $633 per year, up $18 since last year.
  • 95 percent of respondents encourage incentives to participate in a wellness program.
  • 79 percent of Utah respondents offer a PPO plan and 83 percent a HDHP.

The survey also includes monthly premium amounts for health and dental insurance, cost sharing for those insured benefits, as well as retirement benefits, STD, LTD, and part-time employee insured benefits. The survey includes responses from 76 Utah organizations. Data breakouts include company size, geographic area and industry type.

Employers Council regularly conducts community and industry roundtables to determine survey needs, and holds annual briefing sessions to assist employers in understanding and applying survey data in the workplace. Employers Council surveys are easily accessible online to members and available for purchase now.

“Employers Council strives to provide the most current, relevant and helpful information to employers in Utah. We pride ourselves on the quality and breadth of our full collection of survey reports, and offer the most comprehensive data specific to Utah,” Said Nelson.

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