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Employers in California and U.S. see increases in healthcare costs, new study says
Los Angeles Times

California employers that provide health insurance benefits for their workers have seen their costs rise 8.4% this year, outpacing increases for businesses nationally, and fees could climb 11.4% next year, a study showed Wednesday.

Employers in California are spending an average of $9,960 per worker on healthcare in 2010. Nationally, companies that offer health insurance are spending $9,562 per employee, a 6.9% increase over 2009, according to a survey by Mercer, the benefits consulting firm that conducted the national survey of more than 2,800 employers.