Survey findings released by Towers Watson and Washington-basedNational Business Group on Health reveal that employers arebecoming more aggressive in shifting healthcare-benefits costs toemployees.

The survey notes that incremental changes employers made in thepast to pass costs to employees were just a drop in the bucketcompared to what will likely happen in the future.

The reason for more aggressive transfer of costs is becausetotal anticipated annual costs-per-active employee are expected toreach $11,176 in 2011. This figure is a 7.6 percent increase over2010, the study noted.

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