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American workers are looking for ways to hold the line on health care costs as the economy slowly rebounds from the pandemic. Employers are seeking ways to bolster recruitment and retention during the ongoing labor shortage. Expanding health benefits can help achieve both objectives.

Nearly half of all U.S. employees purchased at least one new health benefit in response to the pandemic, according to the 2021 Aflac WorkForces Report. Half of those added life insurance, and roughly one-third of respondents said they purchased critical illness, hospital indemnity, telehealth services or mental health resources.

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