Employers who shoulder the majority of health plan costs fortheir employees are no strangers to the rising cost of health care. As premiumsincrease year after year, some businesses have found the only wayto help ease the burden is to move more of the cost to employees inthe form of high-deductible health plans (HDHP).

In fact, a new study from the Health Care Cost Institute foundthat Americans with employer-sponsored health plans spent more onhealth care in 2016 than ever before, and in the past 15 years,health care costs have steadily risen at four times the rate ofearnings.

The ripple effects of cost shifting

Rising costs have widespread implications on the country's 150million workers who have health insurance through theiremployer:

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