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Employer health-care costs continue to rise
Sacramento Bee

The cost for employer-sponsored medical coverage rose 6.9 percent this year, much higher than the rate of broader inflation and the sharpest increase since 2004, according to a national survey released Wednesday.

The average cost per employee for all benefits rose to $9,562, showed the annual survey by analysts with benefits consulting firm Mercer.

Employers expect big increases again in 2011, driven by prices for health care services, increased usage and changes mandated by the federal health overhaul.