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"But there's certainly still more work to be done," Zirkelbach said.
He said AHIP has proposed a number of policies and measures to further curb costs.
The Mercer survey also found 47 percent of companies are encouraging enrollment in plans with lower premiums and higher deductibles.
Additionally, the survey found 19 percent of employers will start offering a consumer-directed health plan. These are high-deductible plans with employee-controlled spending accounts. They encourage employees to consider costs when by letting them save account money they don't spend for future needs.
Last year, 12 percent of all employers said they were "very likely" to implement such a plan by 2009.
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