Stop-Loss Insurance Market Reaches $26 Billion in 2021

As more employers shifted to self-funded health plans, the stop-loss insurance segment expanded to $26 billion in 2021, with a growth rate exceeding 10% in each of the past five years, according to an A.M. Best report. There has been a notable uptick in employers with fewer than 1,000 employees choosing stop-loss insurance since 2018. Although the medical loss ratio for stop-loss has been lower than for group commercial coverage over recent years, it rose from 81.5% in 2020 to 85.0% in 2021, largely due to a year-over-year increase in stop-loss claims from major insurers and several other insurers that had claims for the first time in 2021.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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