In its annual review of employer attitudes toward health plans, J.D. Power and Associates finds that although fewer than 15% will drop health coverage altogether, close to half of companies are likely to shift health benefits to a private exchange model.

The 2012 Employer Health Plan Study, now in its third year, reveals that employers are preparing to pursue alternative methods of offering health care benefits to employees in an effort to contain costs — including defined contributions, exchange purchasing and vouchers — but still are stopping short of dropping health coverage entirely.

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