What’s happening on the healthcare benefits front in higher education? What trends should we be watching? Which benefits are waning, and which ones are going strong? Is your college or university on par with other institutions when it comes to its benefits offerings? Data from CUPA-HR’s Survey of Higher Education Employee Healthcare Benefits provides a comprehensive analysis of healthcare benefits in the nation’s higher ed institutions. Here are some findings featured in this year’s survey report.
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Workplace wellness programs are on the decline in higher education. At least that’s what the findings from CUPA-HR’s 2016 Higher Education Employee Healthcare and Other Benefits Survey show. Data from this year’s survey indicate that 56.8 percent of responding institutions offer a formal wellness program, down from 70 percent in 2012. The number of institutions that are planning to institute a wellness program has decreased by 30 percent over the last year, and the percentage of institutions with either a wellness budget or dedicated wellness staff has also shrunk markedly in the past year.
CUPA-HR recently released results for its 2014 Employee Healthcare and Other Benefits in Higher Education Survey, and the data showed three distinct trends in higher ed employee benefits -- the increased use of consumer-directed health plans, a rise in the number of institutions offering benefits to same-sex domestic partners, and an increase in how much employees are asked to pay.