The nation's largest companies expect the cost of their health care benefits to rise an average 7 percent in 2013, according to findings released Monday by the National Business Group on Health.

Although the rate is a slight dip from earlier years, employers are eyeing a variety of cost-control measures.

While the majority – 60 percent – plan to slightly increase the percentage of the premium paid by employees, these employers are counting on consumer-driven health plans and wellness initiatives to stem costs. They're also boosting financial incentives to engage workers in healthy lifestyles.

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