Employers are taking the Cadillac Tax seriously.

The controversial provision of the Patient Protectionand Affordable Care Act will not be implemented until2018, but it already appears to be serving its purpose: Companiesare trying extra hard to reduce health spending.

A new report from Mercer, a global human resources consultingfirm, finds that the average total health benefit cost per employeerose by 3.8 percent in 2015, the third consecutive year in whichcosts rose by less than 4 percent.

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