Recession-rocked employers who based their 2009 health plans on the assumption that benefit cost increases would stay steady at 6% are now saying they will most likely make big changes for 2010, Mercer reports. Many are turning to CDHPs in 2010 to lower their average cost increase to 5.2% next year. If they realize this goal, it would be the lowest annual increase in health benefits cost since 1997, according to Mercer research.
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