EMPLOYERS MAY SEE RISE IN PREMIUMS

EMPLOYERS MAY SEE RISE IN PREMIUMS

A variety of economic and health-care factors that affect employers' medical claims costs are surging, indicating that employers may face an increase in their group health insurance premiums, according to an industry survey.

The survey of 15 major group insurance carriers showed that medical trend factors - components such as medical-care inflation, employees' use of health services and the intensity of the provided services - have increased an

average of 17 percent this year. The survey, conducted by Frank B. Hall Consulting Co., is completed to keep employers aware of changes in the group insurance marketplace, the company said in a prepared release.The consulting company is a division of Frank B. Hall & Co., an international insurance brokerage firm.