Employees will pay $150 more for medical expenses next year, predicts a new Towers Perrin survey. And that means your employees probably are more worried about the increasing costs of their health insurance than they are about being able to pay their rent, losing their jobs or becoming victims of violent crime, notes a separate survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
Set their minds (somewhat) at ease by sharing this bit of news: Nationwide, employer-provided health insurance cost 6.1% more this year than last. That is the smallest annual increase since 1999. But that jump is still greater than the average raise (3.8%).