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Date:3/13/2008

. In 2007,

the average annual cost increase for health care was 6 percent. This is

a drop from 8 percent in 2006. However, costs are expected to again

increase by 9 percent in 2008 and 8 percent in 2009.

-- Health risk appraisals are offered by 83 percent of companies this

year, an 18 percentage- point increase from 2007.

-- Today, 27 percent of companies offer CDHPs with a health savings

account (HSA), while 24 percent offer a health reimbursement account

(HRA). Notably, employers are three times more likely to add an HSA in

2009 (9 percent) than an HRA (3 percent).

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