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Employers Expect Health Care Costs to Rise 5.2% in 2015 But Hope to Whittle Down to 4%
Towers Watson Link to more items from this source
Aug. 20, 2014

"U.S. employers expect a 4% increase in 2015 health care costs for active employees after plan design changes, according to [Towers Watson]. If no adjustments are made, employers project a 5.2% growth rate, putting absolute cost per person for health care benefits at an all-time high.... Of particular concern on the cost front is the [ACA's] excise tax, which goes into effect in 2018. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of employers said they are somewhat or very concerned they will trigger the tax based on their current plans and cost trajectory. More than four in 10 (43%) said avoiding the tax is the top priority for their health care strategies in 2015."

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