But experts expect insurance coverage options to broaden to meet growing demand from the so-called sandwich generation for their employers to offer coverage for more than their spouse and children. With competition fierce for employers to attract and retain highly-skilled workers, many are looking for ways to differentiate themselves from competitors and offering health benefits beyond the immediate family may be that secret sauce. The trend of workers taking care of aging parents is only expected to continue. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent who is over the age of 65 and are either raising a young child or financially supporting a child 18 or older. About 1 in 7 middle-aged adults is providing financial support to both an aging parent and a child. Those numbers are evolving and will probably continue to grow as baby boomers continue to age, says Richardson. A recent survey by Grand Rounds, which provides employers and consumers with access to top doctors, found that 60% of U.S.
HHS awards $67 million to help uninsured sign up for health coverage
Federal health officials made the awards based on the numbers of uninsured in each state. States with the largest numbers of uninsured received significantly more funding than earlier projections. Florida received $7.8 million in grants, more than $2 million more than earlier forecasts. Texas group are receiving nearly $11 million, $2.7 million more than previous estimates.