Medical Xpress September 28, 2022
Avery Ruxer Franklin, Rice University

Negotiating lower health insurance premiums could help Fortune 500 companies increase profits while maintaining high-quality coverage for their workers, according to a new research paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Employers are the largest source of health coverage in the United States, accounting for 50.3% of the , according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Employers’ health insurance premiums have risen faster than both wages and inflation for decades, according to the paper.

“Any factors that alter the affordability of employer-sponsored insurance can have significant consequences for the many workers who depend on it,” the authors wrote. “With this unique position of control over employees’ plans and negotiating power with , employers could be growing...

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