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Stick people lifting up a heart If your employer clients are truly committed to DEI as a workplace priority, reevaluating benefit design represents an important component of that approach.

The heightened focus on racial disparities has made employers think more about their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Many employer DEI committees have stepped up their activities to identify and address systemic workplace disparities.

One area where inequities exist for many employers is in health benefits design. The vast majority of employers offer “one-size-fits-all” benefit designs where premiums and deductibles are the same for all wage levels. Only a small minority of employers offer an equitable benefits design, where lower-wage individuals pay less for health care. It’s time for that to change.

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