Employers across the nation took action this year to control their health care expenses, and successfully, too: health benefit cost slowed again in 2013. After 6.1% cost expansion in 2011 and 4.1% in 2012, per-employee numbers grew by only 2.1% this year, according to data released Wednesday by Mercer, but employers expect the trend to reverse next year.

In a survey of 2,842 organizations with 10 or more employees, the average per-worker total of employer and employee contributions to medical, dental and other health coverage was $10,779.

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