To be effective, health solutions must be able to identify the distinct clinical and non-clinical risk factors within each employee population, as well as provide highly tailored clinical programs to address them. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Benefits managers are navigating the intersection of employee health and business health as never before. COVID-19 is shining a whole new light on health benefits, and it’s not just premium dollars at stake.

A 2020 survey by Business Group on Health notes that 45% of employers now consider investments in health and well-being an “integral” part of their overall workforce strategy—up from 36% in 2019. Likewise, a recent Mercer study shows that the projected increase in next year’s benefits costs has not shaken companies’ commitment to employee benefits.

Related: CFOs: Benefits plans must focus on employee health

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