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In a ‘War for Talent,’ Employers Hold the Line on Health Benefit Costs - The New York Times

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Companies may be picking up more of the expense while also emphasizing cheaper remote care. Some are offering perks like “lifestyle” stipends.

Credit... Till Lauer

Oct. 8, 2021

Home delivery of food and snacks, to replace workplace cafeterias. Health club memberships and “lifestyle” stipends. Doulas for pregnant workers and breast milk services for new mothers.

Those are some of the perks that employers are offering as open enrollment season gets underway for workers with job-based health benefits. Most employers let workers choose or change benefits once a year, typically for several weeks in the fall.