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Minnesota's top employers to continue health coverage despite Obamacare

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According to a recent poll conducted by the Minnesota Health Action Group, many of Minnesota's top employers will continue offering coverage to their workers when the massive changes to the health care system take effect, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

But while the companies say they'll still provide coverage, they did say they'll tweak plan eligibility, limit cost-sharing and trim down their provider networks to keep health insurance expenses in check, says MPR.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal reports that the group conducted the survey before the federal government delayed until 2015 a mandate requiring companies with more than 50 employees to offer health coverage to full-time workers.

The survey received responses from 22 companies with 242,000 employees combined, including 144,000 Twin Cities workers, the Biz Journal reports.

Other findings from the report:

  • Health care spending increased by an average of 5.4 percent in 2012 over the previous year, down from 5.6 percent in 2011 and 6.6 percent in 2010.
  • About 30 percent of companies surveyed offered employee-wellness programs to workers last year. Gift cards were the most popular rewards offered to participating workers.

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