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UPS is among the growing number of employers cutting spousal coverage.

In their ongoing bid to cut the cost of benefits, a growing number of employers are levying a surcharge on the spouses of employees who sign up for health care coverage if they are eligible for them in their own workplace.

A Towers Watson survey this year of more than 600 companies found that 20 percent charge an average of $100 a month for spouses in that situation to be added to health care benefits. A Mercer study in 2012 found a smaller cohort of companies with more than 500 employees (18 percent) reported similar figures.

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