Report: Employers' Health Care Costs Up 7 Percent A new report finds that employers saw health care costs jump more than 7 percent last year, though official inflation declined, and overall health care rose only about 5 percent. The financial news agency Thomson Reuters conducted the study using Medicaid and Medicare data.
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Report: Employers' Health Care Costs Up 7 Percent

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

NPR's business news starts with employers' health care costs.

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WERTHEIMER: A new report finds that employers saw health care costs jump more than 7 percent last year. That's a year when official inflation declined. The financial news agency Thomson Reuters conducted the study using Medicaid and Medicare data. It found that for small and midsized employers, health care costs rose about 10 percent. At the largest companies, rising health care was less painful. Costs rose only five percent from the previous year.

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