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Cost control Cutting through the broken U.S. health care system and introducing the ability for employees to compare providers and care options, while adding transparency, is a critical step in reducing the cost overall. (Photo: Shutterstock)

There is no question health care is expensive. Employer health benefit costs have always been high, and for most employers this ever-rising cost is generally second only to salary expenses. And while it’s still unclear exactly how COVID-19 has and will affect costs, it is clear that economic shutdowns have placed a tighter focus on expenses for most employers. Now more than ever the goal of employers is to save money on health benefit costs.

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