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For 2019, Employers Adjust Health Benefits as Costs Near $15,000 per Employee

Posted By Martin Trussell CFC, Tuesday, August 14, 2018

With the cost of employer-sponsored health care benefits expected to approach $15,000 per employee next year, large U.S. employers continue to make changes, new research reveals.

Many want to hold down cost increases and are steering employees toward cost-effective service providers, such as telehealth options and high-value in-plan provider networks, according to the nonprofit National Business Group on Health (NBGH) survey 2019 Large Employers' Health Care Strategy and Plan Design. The survey was conducted from May to June with 170 large employers as they finalized their 2019 health plan choices; more than 60 percent of respondents belong to the Fortune 500.

Health benefit costs are still rising at two times the rate of wage increases and three times general inflation, "making this [cost] trend unaffordable and unsustainable over the long term," Brian Marcotte, NBGH president and CEO, said at an Aug. 7 press conference in Washington, D.C.

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Americans’ Health Care Costs Rise Again, Now $28k per Family

Posted By Martin Trussell CFC, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is reporting in BenefitsPro that the cost of health care for a typical American family of four receiving coverage from an employer-sponsored preferred provider plan will rise by just 4.5 percent this year. This is according to the 2018 Milliman Medical Index.

The article notes that the index also found that prescription drug trends are down for the third consecutive year. However, while employers are paying more, employees are paying a lot more. Over the long-term, Milliman had seen employees footing an increasingly higher percentage of the total. That trend continues in 2018, with employee expenses increasing by 5.9 percent, while employer expenses increased by only 3.5 percent. Read more

Tags:  2018 Milliman Medical Index  Health care costs 

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