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Health Care Benefit Increases To Remain At 6%

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.


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