Health Care Costs to Continue Rising for Employers, Study Finds

Because of the new law, 63 percent of the employers surveyed said they will be increasing the employee percentage contribution to premium costs in 2011, up from 57 percent last year; while 46 percent said they will raise out-of-pocket maximums compared to 36 percent last year. Darling said the increase could be small, but the survey did not indicate by how much on average the employers planned to raise premiums.

Retiree benefits are also expected to be impacted. According to the survey, 33 percent of employers are planning to eliminate coverage for future retirees to curb costs.

The NBGH surveyed 72 companies, although it would not name the companies.

Another report released today by private research firm Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said that while Americans' confidence in their health care plan fell when the law was passed earlier this year, it has since then gone back up to previous levels.

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