Despite Obamacare Rules, Employer Cost Trend Slows In 2015

August 13, 2014 2:00 PM

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Despite Obamacare Rules, Employer Cost Trend Slows In 2015

Health benefit costs for large employers are expected to rise 6.5 percent next year, a slower rate of increase than this year as companies implement myriad new ways to mitigate medical inflation, according to a new analysis.

The National Business Group on Health, an association of about 400 large employers, said companies are dangling more incentives in front of their workers to stay healthy, using “narrow networks” known to limit doctor choices and increasing cost-sharing via higher co-payments and deductibles for wort...

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