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It's open enrollment season. What benefits are trending?

October 03, 2019 / Riia O'Donnell

The National Business Group on Health has culled data from its annual Large Employer Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey to reveal what's new for open enrollment for the coming season. Overall, few business are adopting any major changes to plan design, but many are reporting continued efforts to raise the level of quality of coverage, offer more plan options and provide access to mental health services as well as telehealth options. Top trends identified in the survey begin with modest cost increases. Employers can expect to see the total cost of health benefits covering employees and dependents increase by 5% this coming year. Businesses will cover about 70% of the overall cost of benefits. Additionally, advanced virtual care options are on the rise. Eighty-two percent of employers are expanding into virtual mental health services. Another 60% will offer virtual weight management programs. Services showing the greatest potential for growth in the coming years are dig...