Learning about Employee Benefit Survey Data

There are many hidden gems available through healthdata.gov. One such jewel, the Employee Benefits Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides annual data on the percent of workers with employment-based health care benefits as well as extensive details on plan features. Need to know the annual deductible amounts imposed by plans, or how such deductibles vary between in-network and out-of-network providers? Interested in whether other plans cover the same services that your plan covers? Wondering if the copayment you owe for a doctor’s visit is similar to what others pay? The benefits survey has that information and more.

You can find information on the Employee Benefits Survey on the Web at http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/. Using healthdata.gov, search for “Employee Benefits Survey” or click on “Employment-based health benefits” under the handy category listing. All roads lead to these data. Need to get there a little faster? Below are links to three specific tables with lots of survey data:

  • Annual deductible amounts — http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/detailedprovisions/2009/ownership/private/table05a.pdf
  • Coverage for selected services — http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/detailedprovisions/2008/ownership/private/table14a.pdf
  • Copayments for doctor’s visits — http://www.bls.gov/ncs/ebs/detailedprovisions/2008/ownership/private/table15a.pdf

The Bureau of Labor Statistics wants your feedback on these data; we are always looking to make improvements. Use this blog to give us your thoughts.

William Wiatrowski,
Bureau of Labor and Statistics

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