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Survey: Employers Shifting More Costs To Workers

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NU Online News Service, June 18, 4:49 p.m. – U.S. health care costs will continue to rise, and employers will shift more of the burden to employees, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast, Los Angeles.

When researchers surveyed 460 U.S. companies of all sizes, they found that 85% had experienced health plan cost increases of at least 10% in the past year, UCLA Anderson reports.

Twenty-five percent of survey respondents saw their premiums increase by more than 20%.

Of those companies that responded to the survey: 27% reduced the level of benefits coverage over the past plan year; 41% increased premiums on coverage for dependents; 65% raised employee contributions to personal premiums; and 75% raised co-payments or deductibles.