In light of the debate on health insurance reform in the Congress, it may be helpful for employers to gain a better idea of their part in the system by benchmarking against overall cost trends in health insurance benefits.
The annual Towers Perrin Health Care Cost Survey, out last month, showed U.S. employers expect an increase of 7% in costs in 2010. The recession has put added pressure on benefits costs for employers, according to the survey. While employers will continue to fund 78% of the average spend, the actual dollar burden on employees has grown.
More on that survey from Towers Perrin.