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Employers Project Health Premium Hike of 6% in 2017
By Stephen Miller
From Society for Human Resource Management on Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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"While employers have been able to keep increases in check for the past few years, costs are still running at more than twice the rate of inflation and general wage increases, thereby threatening affordability," said Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health (NBGH), a membership association of primarily large U.S. employers.

"Controlling health benefits costs remains a high priority" for big companies, Marcotte said on Aug. 9 when NBGH released the findings from its Large Employers' 2017 Health Plan Design Survey at a press conference in Washington, D.C.. The survey was fielded among NBGH members in May and June, with responses from 133 large U.S. employers offering coverage to more than 15 million Americans.

"Current estimates have health insurance premiums for the average public exchange plan increasing by at least 10 percent, about twice what large employers are projecting for next year," said Marcotte. "This is a clear indication that the employer-based health care model continues to be the most effective way to provide health insurance coverage to employees and their families."