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Health care costs are growing at an alarming rate, and managing these costs is one of the biggest struggles employers face today. With the cost of employer-sponsored health care benefits expected to approach $15,000 per employee in 2019, the search for a solution is a top priority among employers. As a result, many employers have turned to high-deductible health plans (HDHP) to cut costs which offer lower premiums to employees in exchange for significantly higher deductibles. In effect, a large portion of the health care financial responsibility is shifted to employees.

While this may help employer costs, it leads to greater employee frustration and a poorer health care experience. Employees are now required to pay more out-of-pocket costs for the same health care they were receiving before the switch to HDHP plans. When managing an unexpected health event, a larger-than-anticipated bill makes an already overwhelming experience even more distressing for employees.

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