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Will the cost-containment gains of the past few years be lost to the virus? Most brokers say the results will vary from industry to industry. (Photo: Getty)

For more than a decade, employers have been searching for ways to reduce the ever-escalating cost of employee health insurance, while still offering a strong benefits package. By partnering with nontraditional brokers, many employers were making headway; some even began to spend less while offering more-comprehensive benefits. Then came the pandemic, and all bets were off.

COVID-19 pushed two major workforce trends into high gear: remote working and telemedicine. But it also added a new level of uncertainty to workforce management which, employers say, will be reflected in their benefits strategies for 2021 and beyond.

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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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