2006 Kaiser/Hewitt Retiree Health Benefits Survey
The 2006 Kaiser/Hewitt survey of large businesses that provide retiree health benefits to their workers assesses their evolving responses to the new Medicare drug benefit in 2006. It also looks at the rising costs and changing benefits of retiree health coverage overall in 2006, as well as the outlook for 2007 and beyond.
The Kaiser/Hewitt study, the fifth joint survey since 2002, analyzes responses from a non-probability sample of 302 businesses with 1,000 or more employees that offer retiree health benefits. These large firms collectively provide health benefits for 5.2 million retirees and dependents, including 3.4 million Medicare-eligible retirees. Together they account for more than one quarter of the 12 million Medicare beneficiaries with retiree health benefits nationally and nearly half of the 7.2 million beneficiaries with private-sector retiree health coverage. The survey was conducted online between June and October 2006.