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Southland employers expect 4.8% hike in health-benefit costs
Southland employers expect 4.8% hike in health-benefit costs

Southern California employers expect their health-benefit costs to rise 4.8% next year as the economy recovers and mandates under the federal health law kick in, a new survey shows. Nationwide, more people are expected to sign up for health benefits at work during the current open enrollment season as new federal rules begin taking effect in 2015 and penalties increase for being uninsured. Insurance offered by employers is the primary source of health coverage for Americans, providing benefits to about 150 million workers and their families. Employees typically pick up 20% to 30% of the tab. In recent years, many employers have been cutting their financial exposure by foisting more costs...

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