In another classic case of "Well, I've got some good news, and I've got some bad news," Mercer's latest study pins down the latest employee health care numbers.

The company's latest annual National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans – released less than two weeks ago – reveals that health benefit costs climbed 6.1 percent this year. The tab now runs $7,983 per employee in the United States – give or take a flu shot.

The good news? The annual increases appear to have stabilized over the last five years, and in fact, are expected to lose even more steam next year. At least according to those better with numbers than magazine editors.

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