Recent data on health benefits from the National Compensation Survey (NCS) and related research articles
The National Compensation Survey (NCS) provides comprehensive information on health benefit plans. Under the NCS program, information on the incidence and provisions of benefits is published in stages. A bulletin is published with a March reference date each year with data collected from respondents for civilian (as defined by NCS), state and local government, and private industry workers, on the access to, and participation in, selected benefits such as healthcare plans, as well as employer and employee shares of contributions to medical care premiums and their average amounts. A second publication, based on employer documentation of benefit plans, is published annually with more detailed information on basic provisions of health plans. Also, additional data on provisions of health benefit plans are published on a rotating basis. Employer Costs for Employee Compensation are published quarterly. Included are costs of health insurance for different occupational and industry groups, worker characteristics, and geographic areas. In addition, the Employment Cost Index publishes 12-month percent changes in employer costs for health benefits in private industry.