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Philadelphia employees have better health coverage - and it costs more

The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 18, 2010
When it comes to health benefits, it's the same old Philadelphia story.

Long relationships between employers and employees coupled with loyalty to tradition - or maybe it's inertia - mean Philadelphia-area employees tend to have better, more expensive coverage than their counterparts around the nation.

"Employers [here] have a more paternalistic approach," said Jennifer Calhoun Mohl, a principal in Mercer L.L.C., a national benefits-consultancy firm that released results of a national survey Wednesday.

Nationally, the cost of health benefits rose 6.9 percent in 2010 to $9,562 per employee, the biggest increase since 2004, according to the survey of 2,836 employers.

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