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Large companies expected to see big increases in HMO insurance costs next year, study says
Los Angeles Times

Large companies that offer their employees insurance through health maintenance organizations can expect their costs to rise 9.8% next year, the largest increase in five years, a new study shows. Rates are rising fast because HMOs tend to provide ample benefits that are attractive to people who use costly medical services, the benefits consultant firm Aon Hewitt says in its analysis. Often such premium increases are shared by companies and their employees.