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Large Employers Anticipate A Lower Increase In Health Costs

By Igor Volsky  

"Large Employers Anticipate A Lower Increase In Health Costs"

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Large employers “estimate their health care benefit costs will increase an average of 7.2 percent in 2012,” slightly “lower than this year’s 7.4 percent average increase,” a new survey from the National Business Group on Health concludes. The businesses said they will continue to adopt cost-control mechanisms that will shift the cost burden onto employees: “More than half of respondents (53 percent) plan to increase the percentage that employees contribute to the premiums, while 39 percent plan to increase in-network deductibles. Additionally, about one in four employers plans to increase out-of-network deductibles (23 percent) and out-of-pocket maximums (22 percent) next year.”

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