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Health care costs to rise 9 pct in 2010

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A consulting firm estimates employers who
offer health insurance coverage could see a 9 percent cost increase
next year.
The report released to The Associated Press from
PricewaterhouseCoopers says workers may face an even bigger hit.
The firm says costs will rise in part because workers worried
about losing their jobs are using their health care more while they
still have it. The report also says rising unemployment is driving
up medical costs.
The firm says health care reform legislation currently being
hashed out in Congress likely will have little impact on next
year's costs but the intense focus on health care may slow price
increases.


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