Survey: Employers Offer Caregiving Benefits, Aim to Manage Medical Utilization

A survey of employers and other private purchasers of health care conducted by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (NAHPC) found employers are “staying the course or accelerating their health benefit strategies” going forward.

According to the survey, 71% of respondents intend to continue their current strategy in 2021 and 63% intend to do the same in 2022. Employer benefit manager respondents also indicated that they support health reforms by large margins, rating the following “very or somewhat helpful”: 94% supported drug price regulation, 90% supported hospital price transparency, 81% supported surprise billing regulation and 79% supported hospital rate regulation. Notably, 50% of respondents supported a public health insurance option.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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