December 9, 2022
  • A Mercer survey of more than 2,000 companies found that employers expect benefits costs to increase by 5.4 percent next year as health care cost rates catch-up with inflation. Still, most (84 percent) said that “enhancing benefits to improve attraction and retention” is a top priority as they face a tight labor market and that they are hesitant to offer just a high-deductible health plan to members. To manage cost increases and minimize cost-shifting, 53 percent of very large employers and 35 percent of larger employers are focusing on high-performance networks and high-value care. (Press release here)