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Study: 2010 big employer health costs rise 6.5 pct

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A new study says health care costs for large employers will rise more than 6 percent this year, and more companies are thinking about revamping their benefits.

The study from benefits consultant Towers Watson says this year's increase in the cost companies pay to administer health plans and pay claims is down slightly from 2009's 7 percent hike.

A total of 83 percent of companies surveyed say they have either revamped their health care strategy or expect to do so in the next two years. This can mean switching plan designs or an increasing employee payments among other big changes.

Towers Watson surveyed more than 500 employers from November through January. Each had more than 1,000 employees.

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