Budgeting by the Numbers 2011

Elliot Stokes
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No Stopping Health Care Cost Increases

The average health care premium increase for employers is expected to reach 8.8 percent next year, compared with 6.9 percent in 2010 and 6.0 percent in 2009, according to Hewitt Associations. The rise is the result of higher medical claim costs, an aging population, and changes brought on by health care reform.