High Prices, Pandemic Strain Employer-Backed Insurance

Pandemic-driven macroeconomic uncertainty and rising prices remain the biggest challenges for employer-sponsored insurance plans, according to experts. The cost of health insurance premiums has made employer-backed health insurance unaffordable to the point of being useless for many families, while the pandemic has created a volatile environment for many employers, particularly small businesses.

During a Jan. 26 panel hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C. think tank, employer health insurance experts sounded off on the myriad difficulties facing plan sponsors and employee beneficiaries. Worries over cost and the pandemic took up most of the discussion.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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