It’s been a year of massive growth for private exchanges, with estimates of more than three million people receiving employer health benefits through them by mid-2014, according to business management consultancy Accenture. Yet, 2015 is expected to see even more growth and acquisitions.

By 2018, Accenture estimates private exchange enrollment will exceed 40 million. Additionally, nearly one-in-four large employers surveyed by Towers Watson say private exchanges could provide a viable alternative for active full-time employees by 2016.

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