Struggling With Costs, Employers Seek New Benefit Designs

Medical costs are going up and employer plan sponsors are feeling the pressure, according to several recent surveys of health benefit purchasers. Large-group purchasers are pursuing a variety of strategies, including direct contracting and new coverage models, to offset rising medical costs and the anticipated impact of inflation on medical trend, while small-group participation seems to have grown in recent years and could see even more adoption through new coverage models.

Most surveys of plan sponsors found that purchasers, particularly large purchasers, expect medical trend around 6% next year:

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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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