Health Costs Slow To Lowest Rate In 15 Years As Employer Commitment To Benefits Wanes

Employer health care costs slowed this year to a five percent increase, the slowest growth in 15 years, but just one in four companies say they are “very confident” they will offer medical benefits 10 years from now even as more costs are shifted to their workers, a new analysis shows.

A report linked here from benefits consulting firm Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health, a coalition of large employers, said employers expect total costs for “active employees” to rise 5.1 percent in 2013 to $12,136. That compares to $11,457 in 2012.

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