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Survey Finds Lowest Increase In Employer Healthcare Costs Since 1997

Employers' health care costs for 2012 are on pace to show the smallest annual increase in fifteen years, according to a survey by healthcare consultant Mercer. Based on early responses from employers, Mercer predicted that the the average cost of employee health care would rise 5.2% next year, making it the smallest hike since 1997. Much of the cost cutting comes from employers increasing deductibles and shifting employees onto lower-cost health plans.
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