Growth of Employee Health Benefits Costs Lowest Since 1997

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The cost of employee health benefits in 2012 grew just 4.1 percent nationally, the smallest increase in 15 years.

The National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans, conducted annually by Mercer, said Wednesday that cost growth slowed this year from 6.1 percent in 2011.

A subset survey of 50 Kansas City area employers found a 4.3 percent increase this year, but the average per-employee cost of health benefits locally was $10,180, or 3.6 percent below the national average cost of $10,558.

Read more at The Kansas City Star.

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