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Those With Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Won’t See Outrageous Spikes, But Costs Will Rise

As prices continue to go up, employers may begin to explore different cost-saving measures such as offering at least one high-deductible health plan.

The Fiscal Times: Here’s How Much More Your Health Insurance Will Cost Next Year
Large employers estimate that the employee share of health insurance costs next year will be $4,400, up from $4,200 this year, according to a new report from the National Business Group on Health. On average, employers will continue to cover about 70 percent of the total costs, which they project will increase by 5 percent to $14,156. (Braverman, 8/8)

Modern Healthcare: Large Employers Increasingly Leaning On Value-Based Contracts
Instead of looking to reduce demand by shifting costs to employees, large employers are increasingly hoping to constrain health insurance cost growth through value-based contracts with providers, according to a survey released Tuesday by the National Business Group on Health. High performance-networks, or narrow networks, declined in popularity from 26% to 19%, though the report added: "If health care cost trend begins to increase again, this may be one of the first areas employers go in to rein in costs." (Lee, 8/8)

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