More Employers Try to Shield Low-wage Workers From Health Costs
A greater number are offering free health plans to their staff
More workplaces are offering at least one health plan that is free to employees or offers no-deductible coverage for certain services as many workers struggle to afford care.
Driving the news: The number of large employers offering at least one free medical plan to employees increased from 11 percent this year to 15 percent in 2024 coverage, according to a new Mercer survey.
- "That's actually a pretty significant increase," said Beth Umland, Mercer's director of research for health and benefits, in a presentation on the findings.
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