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More employers charging extra for spouse when other health coverage available
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The number of employers using spousal surcharges to contain health plan costs is expected to more than double by 2018, a survey shows.

In 2015, 27% of employers surveyed reported using spousal surcharges for health care coverage when other employer-provided health insurance is available, according to the 2015 Willis Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health “Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey.”

That number is expected to rise to 56% in the next two years, according to the survey of 487 employers with at least 1,000 employees conducted in June and July of last year.