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Sep 23, 2021

A Message From the Editor

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) has been a hot topic among employers over the past year. While the discussion has often been around hiring and promotion practices and office culture, health care benefits don't get as much attention as they probably should. Why do some ethnic populations have higher utilization of emergency departments than others? And how do outcomes for cancer treatments differ between groups? Drilling down into these issues can help employers create better health benefits packages for their full worker population.

– Emily Payne, BenefitsPRO managing editor

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Expert Opinion

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Best Practices

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