High Prices, Pandemic Strain Employer-Backed Insurance

  • Jan 28, 2022

    Pandemic-driven macroeconomic uncertainty and rising prices remain the biggest challenges for employer-sponsored insurance plans, according to experts. The cost of health insurance premiums has made employer-backed health insurance unaffordable to the point of being useless for many families, while the pandemic has created a volatile environment for many employers, particularly small businesses.

    During a Jan. 26 panel hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington, D.C. think tank, employer health insurance experts sounded off on the myriad difficulties facing plan sponsors and employee beneficiaries. Worries over cost and the pandemic took up most of the discussion.

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  • 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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