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How insurance companies are advising employers on health equity

Health outcomes and access to care in the US vary widely among employees, even within the same company and insurance plan, due to social determinants of health (SDOH) such as geographic location, financial security, and access to food and housing. Click here for article.

  • Employers are increasingly collaborating with health plans to address health inequities and gaps in care among their employees, using data analysis to identify and target specific at-risk populations.

  • A study by UnitedHealth Group and the Health Action Council found significant cost disparities based on employees' locations, with those in lower-ranked states facing greater health challenges and higher costs.

  • Younger generations are more likely to have multiple SDOH risks, with 13% of millennials affected compared to 6% of Baby Boomers.

  • Employers can improve equity by educating employees on navigating the healthcare system and implementing solutions such as mobile clinics and specialized benefit guides, often in partnership with health insurers.

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