Archived Insight | April 22, 2021

Medical Stop-Loss Coverage: Premiums Up 8% for 2021

This infographic looks at health plans' medical stop-loss coverage for the 2021 policy year. 

It analyzes data from 239 plans, with 2,200 covered participants per group on average. 

Segal has maintained its National Medical Stop-Loss Database since the ACA eliminated annual and lifetime dollar limits on essential health benefits. 

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Key findings on medical stop-loss coverage

Our latest analysis found that: 

  • There was an 8 percent average premium increase for all stop-loss insurance policies in Segal’s 2021 dataset as a result of aggressive negotiations.
  • A large majority of plans — 94 percent — have purchased broad coverage that covers medical and prescription drug claims.
  • Among plans that bid or renewed their stop-loss coverage, 86 percent stayed with the incumbent insurer.
  • High-cost claimants with $100,000+ paid claims per year account for less than 1 percent of all claimants but 25 percent of total medical plan claim expenses in a typical year.

Why medical stop-loss coverage?

As the number and value of high-amount claims continues to grow, stop-loss coverage provides important asset protection and cost predictability, particularly for self-funded plans, smaller groups and those with modest cash reserves.

The rapid rate of change in newly approved medical technology and procedures requires a close inspection of the coverage language offered by each stop-loss insurer. Segal experts carefully review stop-loss contract provisions to make sure policy language aligns with a plan’s coverage needs so sponsors can secure coverage that meets their expectations.

Questions about medical stop-loss coverage?

To discuss the adequacy and competitiveness of your plan’s stop-loss coverage compared to plans in Segal’s 2021 dataset, get in touch. 

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