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Worker Health Costs Begin to Level Off in Tight Job Market

Aug. 6, 2019, 11:01 AM

Companies that have been shifting more health-care expenses to workers for years to keep their own costs in line are beginning to pull back on raising employee premiums and out-of-pocket charges. The cost of covering a hypothetical family of four can exceed $28,000, one source found—and when you add up things like deductibles and copays, workers’ share of that is about $12,000.

Attracting Talent: A tight job market is prompting employers to find ways to cut costs while maintaining attractive benefits. Efforts include a move away from the fee-for-service model that incentivizes inefficiency and a push for some clarity on...

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