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Survey: Big employers expect 2011 health cost hike
USA Today

Large employers expect their health care benefit costs to rise 8.9% next year, and more will ask their employees to make a bigger contribution, according to a survey from the National Business Group on Health. The nonprofit, which works with big companies on health care costs, said Wednesday their members tell them they expect costs to rise more than the 7% increase they expected on average for this year.

A total of 63% of employers who responded said they planned to increase the percentage employees contribute to their premiums. That’s up from 57% last year.