Atlanta employers were facing a 10 percent bump in employee health benefits costs for next year, but most softened the blow by making changes in their health programs, AJC staffer Carrie Teegardin reports.
The global consulting firm Mercer said Wednesday that metro Atlanta employers now expect a 6.3 percent bump in per-employee health benefit costs in 2011, after modifying benefits to lower the costs of coverage, Teegardin writes.
Atlanta’s projected increase, based on Mercer’s survey of 37 large and medium-size employers, was on par with the national average. Nationally, Mercer surveyed more than 2,800 employers.
Next year’s increase will push the average per-employee cost of health benefits to about $9,600 for Atlanta employers in the survey, Teegardin writes.
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