Within the healthcare industry, even high wage-earners are often financially fragile

Despite a relatively rosy economic picture with low unemployment, a healthy stock market, and solid housing gains, many of the nation’s most compensated workers are often struggling. According to a 2018 poll of U.S. workers by employee benefits company Unum, 49 percent have less than $1,000 in savings and could only pay bills for about two months before needing additional assistance. Of those making more than $100,000 per year, 40 percent are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

This is worrying in many respects, but particularly so in the context of disability. When a household’s breadwinner can’t earn a paycheck, it may be difficult for a family to keep up with everyday expenses.

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About Unum Group

Unum Group (NYSE: UNM), an international provider of workplace benefits and services, has been helping workers and their families for 175 years. Through its Unum and Colonial Life brands, the company offers disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, vision and stop-loss insurance; leave and absence management support and behavioral health services. In 2022, Unum reported revenues of about $12 billion and paid $8 billion in benefits. The Fortune 500 company is one of the 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies, recognized by Ethisphere®.  


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