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Piggy banks with calculator and stethoscope According to the study, commissions–paid on a premium-per-member basis–were passed through from the insurance companies to the plan sponsor, thus in effect raising the plan’s premium. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Broker commissions have come under attack again, this time from a study of commissions on 33,000-plus employer plans covering nearly 12 million employees in companies large and small.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University reviewed public information on broker commissions in 2017 on the plans. (No information on self-funded plans was included because those plans do not have to meet the same public disclosure regulations as fully insured plans sponsors.)

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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