CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Nov. 17, 2011) — Hill, Chesson & Woody (HCW) and CAI have launched the 7th annual NC Healthcare Benefits and Cost Survey to employers within North Carolina. Co-sponsored and developed by HCW and CAI, 778 statewide groups gained invaluable benchmarking insight last year by receiving a free copy of the 6th annual survey results, simply by providing their health plan information at

“National benchmarking data can be found through a number of sources,” said Todd Yates, managing partner of Hill, Chesson & Woody. “But, only one survey gives employers North Carolina-specific data that can be used to see how an organization’s medical benefit plan stacks up against the competition.”

Open from Nov. 14 through Dec. 16, employers who input their plan information via an online survey will receive a report of the findings, which can be used to see how their plan stacks up against other businesses. The data is broken down by geographic location, industry, company size and other factors. This information is crucial in determining the competitive advantages necessary to recruit, reward and retain key personnel.

By taking the 2011/2012 NC Healthcare Benefits and Cost Survey, group plan administrators and human resources managers will understand all the elements of a well-designed benefit plan. For a look at last year’s results, those interested can visit:

As an additional thank you for taking the survey HCW and CAI will be holding executive debrief sessions at CAI’s offices in both Raleigh and Greensboro. They are currently scheduled for March 27 in Raleigh and March 29 in Greensboro, at 9am and 1pm on both days.

“Last year’s participation proves just how valuable this information is,” said Bruce Clarke, President and CEO of CAI. “Members and clients of CAI or HCW in addition to those employers not affiliated with either organization can all benefit by providing their basic plan design features like office visit copays, deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums and pharmacy benefits.”

Added Yates, “It’s a no-brainer. Taking the survey only takes a few minutes but the output can help with benefits planning all year long.”