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Black man falling behind white men on graph Benefit equity means that everyone not only has access to health benefits, but they have an equal opportunity to take advantage and make the most of those benefits.

The pandemic, a fraught election, and the civil unrest brought on by the killing of George Floyd has exposed the nation to the raw inequities underpinning U.S. systems. These inequities disallow people across gender, race, ethnicity and income a fair opportunity to reach their health and wealth potential.

As leaders in their communities and society, employers can advance the needed work of healing, reconciliation, and change through mechanism firmly under their purview. There are many avenues for pursuing this work, but health benefit design improvement, specifically, can begin to address both the health and wealth inequities that generate unacceptable disparities. With even small improvements, employers can make an immediate impact on people’s daily lives and begin to address this recent history of unrest.

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