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Minnesota leads in new health plan use

By Candice Dehnbostel

Minnesota companies are leading the nation in offering consumer-driven health plans to employees, a new study released Thursday said, according to the Associated Press.

Benefits consultant Watson Wyatt Worldwide, who conducted the study, found more than 50 percent of large employers in Minnesota offered consumer-driven health plans, compared with 38 percent in the rest of the nation, reported the Associated Press.

Many employers intend to add consumer-driven plans to their business benefits, aiming to control their company's health care costs, reported the Star Tribune. But plans can combine high deductibles with health savings and health reimbursement accounts, making employees pay larger portions of the bill.

Enrollment in consumer-driven plans is about 8 percent throughout the nation, according to the Star Tribune. Minnesota enrollment is slightly higher.