By tackling costs themselvesrather than passing them along to workers, employers are changingthe way they approach the problem of higher prices for employees.(Image: Shutterstock)

A glimmer of light in the overall dark price picture overhealth care costs: employers are shiftingincreases away from employees instead of offloading them onto workers.

Employees may not be spending quite so much on health careexpenses in 2019 as they would if this were not the case, accordingto a new actuarial analysis from Aon, whichfinds that in 2018, although health care premiums rose 3.5 percent,employers only passed along 2.2 percent in premium increases andabsorbed “a larger 3.9 percent increase to company costs.” The Aonanalysis also found that in 2019, medical and pharmacy plan premiums are expected to go up by3.5 percent, the same as this year, after plan design changes andvendor negotiations.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.