Survey: Employer healthcare costs rise 7% in Michigan

Michigan health benefit costs are growing at an average of 7 percent after plan changes, which is up from 4 percent in 2013 and above national projections of 5.2 percent, according to a survey released today by McGraw Wentworth. The survey looked at 453 Southeast Michigan-based organizations with 100-10,000 employees and found an increase in consumer-driven health plans--38 percent in 2014, an increase of 9 percent from 2013. The survey also found 79 percent of employers offer wellness programs, with 46 percent of those offering such programs to both employees and spouses. Additionally, 74 percent of organizations provide coverage to employees working 30 hours or more per week, compared to 59 percent in 2013. Announcement