Saturday, December 8, 2012

2013 Health Plan Increases About 9% Nationwide (California Has Been A Bit Higher)

Trend is a forecast of per capita claims cost increases that takes into account various factors, such as price inflation, utilization, government-mandated benefits, and new treatments, therapies and technology. Although there is usually a high correlation between a trend rate and the actual cost increase assessed by a carrier, trend and the net annual change in plan costs are not the same. Changes in the costs to plan sponsors can be significantly different from projected claims cost trends, reflecting such diverse factors as group demographics, changes in plan design, administrative fees, reinsurance premiums and changes in participant contributions.

In California we continually suffer from the reality that our state mandates more benefits and implements more legislative change on average than just about any other state in the country.

With that said, here is Segal's 2013 Projection: