As employers search for ways to cut costs, an eligible dependent audit may be one way to save money without losing benefits. By trimming ineligible dependents like grown children and ex-spouses from benefit plans, companies stand to save between $570,000 and over $1.5 million, according to a survey by Mercer.

“Health plan dependent eligibility audits allow plan sponsors to identify ineligible dependents and then take action to ensure that only those dependents eligible for benefits are enrolled in a given plan,” said Dan Priga, National Business Leader of Mercer’s Performance Audit Group. “Particularly, with so many companies looking to cut costs any way they can, more and more are coming around to the fact that monitoring dependent coverage equates to sound financial management.”

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