Nearly two-thirds of insurance employers this year faced higher medical insurance premiums, according to the 2012 Compensation Data Insurance survey results.

Although the average increase hit 8 percent, it is down from 9.7 percent in 2011 and 9.6 percent in 2010. Regardless of the drop, respondents still contribute 10.2 percent of their total payroll costs toward medical insurance for employees, and they are relying on wellness programs to help curb those costs.

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