Mercer: Businesses Will See More Workers Enrolling for Health Insurance
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Whatever your political leaning, it is fair to say Obamacare is a wild card right now, with few insurance industry experts exactly sure what's going to happen with the Affordable Care Act over the next year.
But cost-wise, the data are already rolling in -- and it's showing a significant rise in health benefit costs for employers next year after a pre-ACA incremental increase this year.
Those cost estimates come from Mercer, a New York City global management consulting firm, and its National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans.
The survey's main takeaway is that with an increase in the number of workers enrolling in coverage comes an increase in health care cost per employee -- 5.2% next year, compared with a 2.1% increase this year (when, in dollar figures, the average per-employee cost is at $10,779 including employer and employee contributions at companies with 10 or more workers).
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