Journal Sentinel, November 18, 2011
Few large employers plan to stop offering health benefits once key provisions in federal health care reform kick in. Health plans that pair high deductibles with savings accounts are becoming more common. And health benefits on average now cost more than $10,000 per employee. Those are some of findings from an annual survey released Wednesday by Mercer, a benefits consulting company. The cost of providing health benefits in the Milwaukee area increased to $10,441 per employee this year, up 6.7% from last year, according to the survey. That was slightly higher than the national average of $10,146 for each employee, a 6.1% increase from last year. The survey includes the employee's share of the premium but not out-of-pocket expenses, such as deductibles and co-pays.