Benefits Enrollment Trends by Region

Open Enrollment Across America: Regional Benefit Superlatives

Remember senior superlatives from high school?

You had categories like "Most Likely to Succeed," "Best Dressed" and "Class Clown" - forever enshrined with an inevitably awkward photo in the yearbook. And now you can look back and think about what's changed and what's stayed the same with you and your classmates since then. Kinda fun, right?

Well, when I recently broke down Benefitfocus' State of Employee Benefits 2017 data by U.S. region, I thought it'd be fun to put together a set of superlatives for the various benefits-related metrics we report on in this new research. And next year, we can compare with the latest data to see if there have been any noteworthy shifts.

So, without further ado, here are your 2017 regional benefit superlatives - based on anonymized open enrollment activity across hundreds of large employers on the Benefitfocus Platform.

Highest Rate of Employers Offering High-Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs):

MIDWEST (67%)

Highest Rate of Employees Selecting HDHPs:

MIDWEST (42%)

Highest Average Employee-Paid Premium for HDHP:

NORTHEAST ($1,164 for individual coverage, $3,582 for family coverage) 

Highest Average Employee-Paid Premium for PPO:

NORTHEAST ($1,710 for individual coverage, $4,777 for family coverage)

Highest Average Deductible for HDHP:

SOUTH ($2,443 for individual coverage, $4,855 for family coverage)

Highest Average Deductible for PPO:

SOUTH ($1,361 for individual coverage, $2,886 for family coverage)

Highest Average Employee HSA Contribution for Individual Coverage:

WEST ($1,457)

Highest Average Employee HSA Contribution for Family Coverage:

NORTHEAST ($2,941)

Highest Rate of Employers Offering Voluntary Benefits:

SOUTH (52%)

Highest Rate of Employees Selecting Voluntary Benefits:

MIDWEST (40%)

Get more region-specific benefits intel in the State of Employee Benefits 2017, Regional EditionAccess the full report here.