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|Tuesday, August 01, 2006|
Out of all the benefits besides cash with which companies can attract and keep employees, none is more appreciated than health coverage. But at a time when health care costs are rising faster than inflation, offering a high-quality plan is easier said than done.
To find out how this year’s 100 Best companies meet this challenge, we identified 10 that were rated particularly high by their employees for health benefits, and polled company representatives on what they were doing right.
How to get more for less• Involve employees:
Most of the companies stressed the value of employee participation when choosing health plan carriers, options and other de-tails. Not only does this help tailor the plan to employees’ health care preferences, it makes them more aware of the costs and limits among the available choices. Employees can help decide whether the rising cost of premium health care — potentially impacting profit sharing and overall success of the business — is worth it. When Becker Capital Management (Small Company No. 35, Portland) was shopping for a provider, CEO Janeen McAninch says, “We looked at the geographical locations of hospitals and clinics and asked our employees where they would likely go for major medical care.”
— Brandon Sawyer
100 BEST RESULTS
Not surprisingly, in our 100 Best employee survey this year health plan-related issues were ranked high in importance: fifth, sixth and eighth out of 50. However, they dropped about 10 ranks in satisfaction, indicating that most of the 29,000 Oregon employees who participated are not wholly satisfied with their employer’s health care coverage.
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