Despite Cadillac tax delay, employers still cutting costs in health plans

Even though the Cadillac tax on high-cost employer health plans has been postoned, companies are continuing to implement new strategies and innovations in order to offset the rising costs of paying for their employees' healthcare, according to the 2016 Medical Plan Trends and Observations Report released by DirectPath and CEB. Employers are shifting a larger share of these increased cost to employees, often through implementing high-deductible health plans. The average in-network individual deductible increased by 40 percent in 2016, and the average family deductible rose by 17 percent compared to 2015, the report says. Report (registration required)