Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF): 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey
The Kaiser Family Foundation released the 2021 Employer Health Benefits Survey, finding that premiums on employer-sponsored plans rose 4% this year and found significant changes in the provision of telehealth and mental health services by employers.
- Among firms with at least 50 workers that offer health benefits, almost four in 10 (39%) report making changes to their mental health and substance abuse benefits since the beginning of the pandemic. This includes 31% who increased the ways enrollees can access mental-health services, such as through telemedicine; and 16% who offered new mental health resources, such as an employee assistance program.
- Nearly two thirds (65%) of offering firms with at least 50 workers say they made changes related to telemedicine due to the pandemic. Half (51%) did additional promotion of their telemedicine benefits to workers and 31% expanded coverage for additional modes of telemedicine. In addition, nearly a quarter expanded the places where telemedicine could be delivered (24%), expanded the number or types of telemedicine providers (23%), and expanded covered telemedicine services.