In anticipation of the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax, U.S. employers are planning to take more aggressive approaches to projected single-digit increases in health care costs by revisiting the viability of consumer-driven health plans and spousal and dependent coverage.

Employers across the country predict that their health care costs will increase by 5.2% in 2015 if they decide to maintain their current health plan structures. With modest changes, this increase drops down to 4%, according to a recent Towers Watson’s survey of nearly 400 employee benefit professionals from midsize and large companies.

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