U.S. employers expect health care cost
increases to hold steady at 6 percent, and
more plan to adopt consumer-directed
health plans (CDHPs) in 2010 in an
effort to control cost increases, according
to a survey by Watson Wyatt, a consulting
firm, and the National Business
Group on Health, an association of more
than 300 mostly large employers.
The increase is the same rate that
employers experienced in both 2007
and 2008. In 2006, health care costs
increased by 8 percent.
More than half (51 percent) of
companies now offer workers a CDHP,
up from 47 percent in 2008. Another 8
percent are expected to adopt a CDHP.