Employers’ Desire to Shake Up Benefits Vendors Can Be Opportunity for Insurers

Although U.S. employers already contract with a bevy of health and wellbeing vendors, a recent survey found that nearly nine in 10 are planning to make changes to their vendor partnerships in the next two years — chiefly by adding or enhancing current offerings. As companies do so, health insurers have a critical role to play when it comes to integrating various solutions and helping employees find them, an employee benefits expert says.

Employers’ desire to add and enhance health/wellbeing offerings “doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon,” says Regina Ihrke, senior director and health, equity and wellbeing leader at WTW. Therefore, large medical benefits carriers “are going to have to continue to be nimble and flexible in who they partner with, and then how they also integrate with other carveout solutions that are out there,” she tells AIS Health, a division of MMIT.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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