In the wake of the proposed Aetna and Humana merger, a new pulse survey from Aon reveals that companies have varying opinions on the impact that existing and future health insurer consolidation will have on their organization's health and benefits strategy.
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On July 8, Aon conducted a brief pulse survey of approximately 100 companies to gauge their initial reactions to current and future carrier consolidation. Twenty-one percent said carrier consolidation will provide greater cost efficiencies that will be reflected in better cost management. Forty-six percent, however, believe it will result in fewer health plan options for them and their employees. One-third said it will not greatly impact their organization or employees.
Despite these differences of opinion, 44 percent of companies do not expect to make any meaningful changes to their overall health strategies. The remaining 54 percent said they are considering a few options.