Gastrointestinal issues cost Americans a whopping $136 billion per year; more than heart disease, trauma, or mental health. But too often, these problems fly under the radar in health claims, meaning benefits advisors don't realize there's an unmet need for care.

In this article, I'll explain how GI issues show up in medical claims and what benefits professionals can do to bring relief to the people whose lives they have the power to impact (along with better workplace outcomes to their customers).

The major impacts of GI issues

Awareness of the role of gut health in overall wellness has gone mainstream in the last few years, but that doesn't mean we've solved the problems GI issues cause. For example, fully 40% of Americans live with painful or debilitating GI issues.

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