Amidst much angst over the dramatic price increases anticipatedfor Affordable Care Act health plans, a new report from theNational Business Group on Health showsthat the cost of employer-based insurance,still by far the most dominant source of health coverage, will onlyrise modestly next year.

The report estimates that the average cost of an employer-based health planwill increase 6 percent. That outpaces inflation, but it is nogreater an increase than employers experienced over the past yearand it is lower than the anticipated 10 percent increase for plansoffered through the ACA exchanges.

“This is a clear indication that the employer-based health caremodel continues to be the most effective way to provide healthinsurance coverage to employees and their families,” said BrianMarcotte, CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based National Business Groupon Health, a nonprofit which represents large businesses.

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