Many Commercial Health Plan Enrollees Face Social Risk Factors

More than half — 52% — of adults covered by commercial insurance deal with social risk factors that can raise health care costs, according to a Feb. 20 white paper from UnitedHealth Group and the Health Action Council (HAC). UnitedHealth and HAC executives say that the report’s findings can help health plans and plan sponsors be more proactive in addressing social determinants of health (SDOH)-related needs in commercial populations.

Some SDOH challenges faced by the commercially insured population include social isolation and problems with finances, food, and housing, per the report. Twenty-six percent of the studied group faced one SDOH risk, 16% faced two SDOH risks and 10% faced three or more.

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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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