Employers expect to step up their health care cost management strategies over thenext three years, as their expenses are expected to rise by 5.5percent in 2018, up from a 4.6 percent increase in 2017, accordingto the Willis Towers Watson 2017 Health Care Employer Survey.

“While employers made significant progress over the last fewyears refining their subsidy and vendor/carrier strategies, manyare now looking to other aspects of their health benefit programsin order to improve health and dampen future cost increases,” saysJulie Stone, a national health care practice leader at WillisTowers Watson.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.