Pandemic to drive up employer health costs next year

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Although the pandemic drove a significant decrease in the use of healthcare services—and associated employer costs—in 2020, employer healthcare benefit costs in 2021 are likely to increase “above and beyond non-pandemic projections” as care deferred in 2020 is pushed into the future, according to new data.

A new Willis Towers Watson analysis found employer healthcare costs in 2020 will likely come in between 3.3% and 8.8% lower than originally expected, as system capacity shifts and fear of contracting the virus in medical settings continues to drive a significant volume of canceled and

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