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NEWS - Aon Hewitt Shows Continued Cost Savings for Companies and Individuals Participating in the Aon Active Health Exchange

Sept. 18, 2014 – Lincolnshire, IL – Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement and health solutions business of AON plc, today announced that employers and individuals participating in the Aon Active Health Exchange are seeing notable reductions in health care spend for the third straight year.

More than 600,000 employees and their dependents enrolled in health benefits through the Aon Active Health Exchange for the 2014 calendar year. All of the 18 companies that participated in 2014 are returning to the Aon Active Health Exchange in 2015. Across those companies, rates for medical coverage increased an average of 5.3 percent. This is lower than the industry average and includes costs associated with the Affordable Care Act. According to Aon Hewitt’s estimates and several other organizations, average health care cost increases in 2015 for large U.S. employers with self-insured arrangements are projected to be between 6.5 percent to 8.0 percent before employers make changes in deductibles and copays. Based on employer and employee feedback, plan designs in the Aon Active Health Exchange for 2015 will once again remain unchanged.

Companies participating in the Aon Active Health Exchange also reduced their overall health care cost for medical coverage by more than $750 per employee compared to their expected 2014 spending. These numbers factored in the savings delivered through the exchange model, the impact of employee choices to buy less rich coverage and the impact of employees who chose to purchase richer—and often more expensive—medical plans. Average health care costs were $8,342 per employee, down from $9,098 per employee. These savings were shared with employees through reduced payroll contributions, as well as through offering a range of more affordable health care coverage options.

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