The nation's largest employers expect health care costs to jump 8.9 percent in 2011. This year, costs increased an estimated 7 percent on average.

According to a survey from the National Business Group on Health, employers are using a number of strategies to mitigate these rising costs.

Tactics most often reported as the most effective in controlling costs were offering a consumer-directed health plan (21 percent), followed by wellness initiatives (20 percent), and increased employee cost-sharing (17 percent).

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