Here’s some news that will surprise almost no one: The cost ofclaims in employer-sponsored health plans continues to rise,according to a survey from Wells Fargo Insurance.

Although rates remain consistent compared to six months ago, thesurvey of more than 70 insurance companies nationwide found thatoverall claim costs will continue to increase in the high singledigits next year.

For preferred provider organizations and consumer-driven healthplans, the projected increase is 9.3 percent; health maintenanceorganizations are slightly lower at 8.5 percent.

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