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Employers’ Health Benefit Increases Will Be Far Lower Than ACA Premiums
By Caitlin Owens
From Morning Consult on Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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A majority of large employers expect the cost growth for their health care benefit to remain stable at 6 percent in 2017, but specialty drugs are the most-cited driver of cost increases, according to a survey report released Tuesday by the National Business Group on Health.

“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. “These cost increases, while stable, are both unsustainable and unacceptable.”