Local governments plan to make changes to employee health benefits to offset rising costs and revenue shortfalls in 2011.

Specifically, according to a new report from nonprofit Cobalt Community Research, local officials plan to increase premiums, increase deductibles and copays, improve wellness and renegotiate with insurance carriers.

The report, Health and OPEB Funding Strategies: 2010 National Survey of Local Governments is based on responses from more than 1,900 city, county, township and special district governments across the country randomly polled this year.

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