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National Employer Survey Finds Employers Report Highest Annual Increase in Per-Employee Health Costs

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A new survey of employers from Mercer, the employee healthcare and investment consultancy, found the average per-employee cost of employer-sponsored health insurance jumped 6.3% in 2021, the highest annual increase since 2010. Health benefit costs outpaced growth in inflation and worker compensation through September, writes Healthcare Dive.

Mercer surveyed almost 1,750 public and private employers in 2021 forĀ its report, and weighted the findings to be representative of the about 184,000 employer health plan sponsors across the U.S. with 50 or more employees.

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