Trends in Employer Healthcare Costs Print
Written by Michael Newhouse   
Thursday, 03 November 2011 09:06

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Employer healthcare costs are expected to increase in 2012 at the lowest rate in more than a decade at 5.4%, but employee cost of benefits is likely to outpace the growth of their earnings. The smaller increase reflects cost-cutting efforts by employers. Many are moving workers into lower-cost health plans or slashing expenses by raising insurance deductibles. In the absence of any cost-cutting, employers said they expect their average health benefit costs to rise 7.1%. That is down from about 9% each of the last five years, according to William M. Mercer & Co.

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