By the AP –
Employers who offer health insurance coverage could see a 9% cost increase next year, and their workers may face an even bigger hit, according to a report Thursday from consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Costs will rise in part because workers worried about losing their jobs are using their health care more while they still have it, the firm said in the report released to the Associated Press. The report also said rising unemployment is driving up medical costs.
Health care reform legislation currently being hashed out in Congress likely will have little impact on next year’s costs, said PWC Principal Michael Thompson. But he noted that the intense focus on health care may slow price increases.