More than half of employers believe virtual care will play a significant role in how health care is delivered in the future. (Image: Shutterstock)

Since employers are continuing to ante up more dollars for their workers’ health plans, many are finding ways to tweak existing delivery models themselves, according to the Large Employers’ 2019 Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey by the National Business Group on Health.

The nonprofit surveyed 170 large employers and found that the total cost of providing medical and pharmacy benefits for employees and dependents will rise 5 percent, from an average $14,099 per employee this year to an average of $14,800 in 2019. Employers will cover roughly 70 percent of those costs, while employees will bear about 30 percent.

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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.

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