Employee Benefit News March 27, 2023
Simon C. Matthews, M.D.

Employee health benefits play a crucial role in attracting and retaining talent, especially in today’s tight labor market, but they are also taking an increasing bite out of benefits budgets.

In 2022, according to a new Mercer survey of employer-sponsored health plans, average health benefit costs per employee rose to $15,013, up 3.2% compared to $14,542 in 2021. Costs are expected to climb 5.4% in 2023 and continue to rise beyond 2024, in part as multi-year contracts with healthcare providers expire and are renewed.

As companies attempt to balance the need for strong benefits packages with ongoing increases in healthcare costs, one strategy showing promise is the adoption of digital health programs addressing chronic diseases. Given that these conditions...

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