Berkley Accident and Health Releases 2022 Health Care Pressures Facing U.S. Employees Report
- Despite having health insurance, respondents worry about their ability to pay for care, with 84 percent concerned about affordability.
38 percent report having medical debt, with the majority owing between $1,000 and $10,000. The top reason cited for medical debt was an unmet deductible or coinsurance.
Most respondents find health costs and billing hard to decipher. 69 percent have received a medical bill they did not expect – typically between $500 and $3,000. Others found it hard to get a price estimate before scheduling a medical service or filling a prescriptio
“With these findings in mind, employers and benefit professionals should consider how they can make health care more affordable, easier, and more transparent for employees and their families,” explained Nieland. Employee insights such as these can be key tools for shaping a company’s approach to health care. Health benefits, which provide a competitive advantage when hiring, should be an integral part of any long-term recruiting and retention strategy.
In addition to insurance protection, Berkley Accident and Health also provides insights and advice for companies wanting to better support their workers. The report offered several strategies for addressing employees’ costs and concerns:
- Review cost-sharing arrangements, in light of average employee income levels and other factors
- Consider a self-funded health plan or a group captive program (for small to midsize employers), which both offer significant economic and strategic advantages
- Help address the complexity of care by offering price transparency tools and patient navigation services
“The goal of this report is to spark dialogue between employers and their benefit brokers. We hope it encourages employers to consider innovative solutions that can move the needle on costs and ease of use,” concluded Nieland.
Read the full report here.
The findings come from a survey commissioned in March 2022 of 1,000 U.S. adults age 18 and older with employer-based health coverage, balanced across age, gender, U.S. region, and employer size. Respondents received medical coverage either as an employee or a covered dependent.
About Berkley Accident and Health
Berkley Accident and Health is a member of W.R. Berkley Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. Berkley Accident and Health provides an innovative portfolio of accident and health insurance products. It offers four categories of products: Employer Stop Loss, Group Captive, Managed Care (including HMO Reinsurance and Provider Excess), and Specialty Accident. The company underwrites Stop Loss coverage through Berkley Life and Health Insurance Company, rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best. For more information, please visit BerkleyAH.com.
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