Chart of health care spend increase by county The study estimates that, as a result of this combination of COVID plus gaps in care, health plans will experience an increase in their "cost of care avoidance" expectations of about 18%. (Source: EXLService)

The total cost of COVID-19–apart from the hundreds of thousands of deaths caused by the virus–are beginning to emerge. For health plan sponsors, it is not a pretty picture.

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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.