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Health benefits cost more in ’21, outlook uncertain for ’22

The average per-employee cost of employer-sponsored health insurance jumped 6.3% in 2021 as employees resumed care after avoiding it last year due to the pandemic, according to Mercer’s 2021 National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans.

Average family health premiums rose 4% this year

Annual family premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose 4% to average $22,221 this year, according to the 2021 Kaiser Family Foundation Employer Health Benefits Survey, released Nov. 10.

HSA distributions hit an all-time low last year

The cause: the pandemic, of course.

Biz interruption insurance: Can it cover pandemic losses?

So far, the answer from the courts is a resounding “no.”

Boost benefits to convince hourly workers to stay

A Mercer survey found that comprehensive health and mental health insurance benefits are key to retaining low-level workers. Also valued: dental and vision coverage, access to gyms and attention to work/life balance.

Millennial employees seek new benefits this fall

Nearly two-thirds of millennials surveyed for a new MetLife report say this year’s open enrollment is more important than last year’s, and two in three say they plan to elect new benefits this year, compared to about one in three baby boomers.

Health costs to grow 4.7%

Employers expect health benefit costs to rise 4.7% on average in 2022 compared to 2021.

SHRM: Pandemic reshaped benefits landscape in 2020

Employers expanded benefits that support employee health and wellbeing in remote and hybrid workplaces, with increased attention to parental leave and family caregiving duties.

Benefits: Employers retool to attract talent, foster DEI

Willis Towers Watson’s 2021 Benefits Trends Survey found that more than two-thirds of employers plan to differentiate and customize their benefit programs over the next two years, a sharp increase from just 23% today.

Snapshot: Who offers education benefits?

Organizations with 500 or more employees are most likely to offer education benefits such as tuition reimbursement, a 529 plan or student-loan repayment.