In concordance with a report published two weeks ago declaring health insurance premiums on the rise, a new pricing survey from Sherlock Company, of 22 percent of plans across the nation anticipates premium rate increases of 8 percent in 2012. This figure is down two percentage points from the 10 percent increase projected for 2011.

After benefit buydowns, premium increases are expected to average 5.5 percent, which also compares favorably with last year’s expectations of 7 percent.

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