Cigna program aims to reduce out-of-pocket costs for musculoskeletal conditions

Cigna Healthcare is offering employers a supplemental benefit designed to help employees diagnosed with musculoskeletal conditions. 

The payer is adding musculoskeletal conditions to its Supplemental Health Critical Illness plans, according to a Sept. 18 news release. The program provides an annual payment of $3,000 to employees to help them cover out-of-pocket hospital costs or other expenses such as rent, childcare and groceries. 

Cigna offers similar benefits for cancer, heart attack and stroke, according to the news release. 

Musculoskeletal conditions affect over half of the U.S. workforce, resulting in over 360 million lost workdays and $297 billion in lost productivity each year, according to Cigna.

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