Self-insured employers, who may have enjoyed a cost reprieve during the pandemic, may already see their members’ health care utilization rebounding. (Image: bizvector/Shutterstock)

As COVID-19 cases wane, there is renewed optimism for the future.

However, that doesn’t mean American health care consumption will instantly revert to a pre-pandemic normal. There will be ripple effects for months, if not years to come. Employers and benefit managers, in addition to ensuring adequate coverage and access for their workforce, must be prepared for a release of pent-up demand for health care services and the costs that will come with it.

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