Businesses predict 7 percent increase in health care costs
The group did not point specifically to the Affordable Care Act, though it did indicate that businesses are making changes to their health plans to comply with new regulations that result from the act.
Sixty-percent of employers said that they plan to shift more health care costs to employees, but most said that those costs would go up by less than 5 percent. Companies are also incorporating wellness programs at an increasing rate, rewarding workers for healthy behaviors.
These wellness programs incentivize things like quitting smoking or reducing high cholesterol.
"Rising health care costs continue to plague employers at an alarming rate," said Helen Darling, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health. "Although cost increases have stabilized somewhat, they are still on a higher base from last year and are simply not sustainable, especially when our nation's economy and workers' wages are virtually flat and everybody is struggling."
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