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Large Employers Holding Health Costs Steady
By Staff
From Plan Sponsor on Wednesday, August 10, 2016
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Despite skyrocketing specialty pharmacy costs, overall health care benefit cost increases at large U.S. employers are expected to hold steady at 6% again in 2017, according to an annual survey by the National Business Group on Health (NBGH).

According to the “Large Employers’ 2017 Health Plan Design Survey,” the 6% increase employers project for 2017 is identical to the increase they would have experienced in each of the past two years had they not made changes to their plan design. However, many employers expect to hold increases to 5% by making some changes to their plans.

“Employers’ focus in 2017 is shifting away from plan design to optimizing how health care is accessed and delivered,” says Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of NBGH.