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Money and Medicine The big pain point for employers is with their pharmaceutical contracts, especially given the explosive growth in new specialty drugs. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The more things change, the more they really do stay the same, to which any organization trying to effectively manage employee benefits in an unceasingly volatile environment will attest.

On one side, we continue to see health benefit costs on an unrelenting rise. More claims are trending from high to jumbo. Then, too are the near-miraculous, life-saving cures through gene therapy and specialty drugs with price tags that are out of reach for most who need them—and a worrisome burden for employers.

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