Wednesday, October 1, 2008

News You Can Use: Open Enrollment Trends

We know that one of two things are probably on your mind at all times (three, if you live in DC like we do) .... open enrollment, the economy and the election.

But since you're likely too busy to see the forest for the trees, we're continually blogging during your busiest times, bringing you short news bites to be easily digested on coffee breaks.

Today, check out what Watson Wyatt predicts will be the hottest trends in Open Enrollment for 2009:

  • Increased emphasis on improving personal health.
  • Value-based prescription drug benefits and a shift to co-insurance.
  • Greater access to onsite clinics, retail clinics and health coaches.
  • Health savings accounts linked to high-deductible health plans.
  • Full coverage or low copayments for preventive screenings and tests.
  • Greater use of new media to communicate benefit information.
  • Spousal surcharges.

Don't miss our NOVEMBER feature on improving your benefit communication know-how.

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