Despite a reported 4.4% increase in employer health care costs in 2014, the majority of large U.S. employers say they are more inclined to maintain benefits to active employees, but will modify plans and continue to shift over costs to their employees.

A new Towers Watson/National Business Group on Health survey – which included more than 595 large employers in the nation – finds that employer costs are expected to rise by 4.4 percentage points this year, to $9,560 per employee. Last year, health care costs had dropped to a 15-year low, according to the Employer Survey on Purchasing Value in Health Care.

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