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Employer health costs to rise in ’11

U.S. employers can expect to pay nearly 9 percent more for health care costs for their workers in 2011, the highest level in five years, according to a forecast released yesterday.

U.S. employers can expect to pay nearly 9 percent more for health care costs for their workers in 2011, the highest level in five years, according to a forecast released yesterday.

And employers will likely ask their workers to pay 12 percent more of these costs out of their pockets, according to the report from consulting group Hewitt Associates.

The Hewitt report blames higher rates mostly on medical claim costs and an aging population but also on health care reform, which has become one of the most politically charged issues in the coming November congressional elections as disappointed voters learn they must wait for promised savings to come into effect.

“After 18 months of waiting for health care reform to play out, employers find themselves in a very challenging cost position for 2011,’’ Ken Sperling, Hewitt’s health care practice leader, said in a statement

 
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