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Survey: Employees to cover more healthcare costs next year
Updated: 3/12/2010 7:00:23 PM

Survey: Employees to cover more healthcare costs next year Next year, the majority of large employers plan to shift a greater share of healthcare and dental care expenses to their employees, according to a National Business Group on Health survey released on Thursday.

The survey, which involved more than 500 employers with at least 1,000 workers, indicated that many companies may increase premiums, deductibles and co-pays, The Washington Post reports.

Moreover, numerous respondents said that they may implement more restrictive standards for their health plans and charge more to cover spouses and dependents. Some companies even said that overweight employees may be excluded from premium care options.

"This shows that the constant, unrelenting increases in healthcare costs are going to cost employees and their families more and more," said Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health, quoted by the news source. "Employers are going to have to do something" to compensate for rising insurance costs.

Families who have either lost their dental insurance or consider themselves underinsured may want to look into a discount dental plan, which can save as much as 60 percent on most dental procedures.

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