Healthcare DIVE September 28, 2018
Les Masterson

Dive Brief:

  • After nearly a decade of declining employer-based health insurance plans, the overall percentage of private-sector employers offering health benefits in 2017 increased for the first time since 2008, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

  • In a webinar on the topic on Thursday, EBRI said the strong economy is mostly the reason for the increase, including low unemployment, fewer self-employed people, more employees moving to larger companies and more people transitioning from part-time work.

  • Despite improved numbers, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said costs associated with health benefits remain the No. 1 problem for small businesses.

Dive Insight:

Experts believed...