The cost of providing employee health care benefits at the nation's largest employers is projected to increase by an average of 7 percent in 2014, according to a survey by the National Business Group on Health.

The survey, based on responses from 108 of the nation's largest corporations, also found more companies plan to offer workers a consumer-directed health plan as their only health benefits option in 2014. CDHPs, because of their high deductibles, are less expensive than preferred provider organizations and other more traditional plans.

That said, working for a mega-enterprise is a good thing, at least from the perspective of health care benefits.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.