• Survey: Employer Health Costs To Rise Nearly 9% This Year

    new survey conducted by Buck Consultants says employer healthcare costs are expected to rise nearly 9% in 2014.

    “Even though the decline is good news, most health plan sponsors still find 8% to 9% cost increases unsustainable,” said Harvey Sobel, a principal at Buck Consultants, a benefits consulting firm that surveyed 126 insurers and health plan administrators nationwide.

    The report also found that costs for preferred-provider organization, or PPO, plans are expected to rise 8.7% this year, down from 9% last year.

    HMO plans are expected to increase 8.6%, down just slightly from the previous year, according to Buck Consultants.

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    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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