Voluntary products remain a strong component of the benefit menu of the overwhelming majority of employers, the 2016 Employee Benefit News annual survey on this topic reveals. Some priority shifts are evident, however, under the broad voluntary umbrella.

And while 87% of survey participants have voluntary offerings, many voice concerns about inappropriate products being pushed by overzealous commission-based brokers. Employers also remain vigilant about the risk of adding more burdens to their own plates with each new offering, even as vendors streamline and take the paper out of enrollment and billing processes.

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