More employers send workers to find their own health insurance

By Suburban Gal   Follow   Fri, 16 Nov 2012, 9:11am PST   454 views   1 comment   Watch (0)   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike\\&lite

By The Associated Press For some American workers, picking the right health insurance is becoming more like hunting for the perfect business suit: It takes some shopping around to find a good fit and avoid sticker shock. In a major shift in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage, companies such as Sears Holdings Corp. and Darden Restaurants Inc. are giving employees a fixed amount of money and allowing them to choose their own coverage based on their individual needs. The approach, called defined contribution health insurance, contrasts to the decades-old practice by most U.S. employers of offering workers a one-size-fits-all plan with...

zzyzzx   befriend (10)   ignore (7)   Sat, 1 Dec 2012, 9:08am PST   Share   Quote   Like   Dislike     Comment 1

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Darden, which has 45,000 full-time employees, said its workers will be able to go online and pick from five medical plans, four dental plans and three that provide vision coverage. The Orlando, Fla., company had previously just offered one health insurance plan.

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