The National Compensation Survey (NCS) provides comprehensive measures of occupational earnings, compensation cost trends, the incidence of benefits, and detailed benefit provisions. This bulletin presents estimates of the detailed provisions of employer-provided health plans in private industry in 2008. Under the NCS program, information on the incidence and provision of benefits is published in several stages. An earlier summary provided data on the incidence of (access to and participation in) selected benefits and detailed provisions of paid holidays, life insurance plans, and some other benefit plans, as well as on employer and employee shares of contributions to medical care premiums and their average amounts. Similar data for civilian, private industry, and State and local government workers for March 2009 will be issued later this year.

Questions regarding these data and recent and historical NCS benefits data can be addressed by calling the information line at (202) 6916199 or by e-mailing to NCSInfo@bls.gov. Information is available to sensory-impaired individuals on request, (Voice phone: (202) 6915200; Federal Relay Service: 1 (800) 8778339). Data requests also may be sent by mail to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Compensation Data Analysis and Planning, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Room 4175, Washington, DC 20212. Material in this publication is in the public domain and, with appropriate credit, may be reproduced without permission.