WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the cost of employer-provided health care benefits at large U.S. employers expected to rise another 7% next year, a new survey by the National Business Group on Health suggests employers are eyeing a variety of cost-control measures but also sharply boosting financial rewards to engage workers in healthy lifestyles.
It offers the industry’s first look at costs and plan design changes for 2013, which include adjustments aimed at complying with additional provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The survey, based on responses from 82 of the nation’s largest corporations, was conducted in June prior to the Supreme Court’s announcement to uphold the health care reform law.
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