On average, employees will pick up 22% of total health plan premium costs in 2022, unchanged from 2021.

Employers are planning strategies to keep health care expenses in check in 2022, when prices are expected to rise by around 5%.

“Rising costs and increased utilization fueled by a resurgence in deferred care are driving employers to find new ways to control costs while providing employees with affordable, high-quality care,” said Julie Stone, managing director, health and benefits, for Willis Towers Watson. “Employers must now address the Delta variant, encouraging workers to access the care and support they need while grappling with rapidly evolving conditions.”

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