US health benefit cost growth slowed again in 2013 as employers took action in anticipation of new cost pressures that will arise over the next few years from health care reform provisions. But Mercer’s National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans found that employers expect the rate of growth in the per-employee cost of coverage to rebound in 2014. Mercer’s nationally projectable annual survey includes public and private organizations with 10 or more employees; 2,842 employers responded in 2013.
“The good news is that employers have already taken decisive action to slow cost growth so they will be in a better position to handle the challenges ahead,” said Julio A. Portalatin, President and CEO of Mercer. “But the impact of the ACA on enrollment levels remains a huge question mark.”
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For more information and to pre-order a copy of the survey report, visit www.mercer.com/ushealthplansurvey.