65 million tons, the total cost increase
would be about $230 million, the AMC study showed.
companies saw the lowest health care cost increase
in eight years, but the overall rate of the increase continues to be a major concern for employers and employees as it outpaces inflation and salary increases, according to Hewitt Associates, a global human resources services company.
Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are fuming over a proposed multimillion-dollar cost increase
for a computer system to run the county's welfare programs.
Japanese mills are looking for a cost increase
of US $30 per tonne on wire rod.
The nation's small and mid-sized employers cut benefits in their health plans in 2003, holding the cost increase
8% in 2000 and accounted for one-quarter of the overall cost increase
in 2000, compared with one-third in 1999.
This study reveals that the larger and more abrupt the cost increase
, the more difficult a challenge it poses for small-business owners.
The moderate cost increase
reflects employers' cost-management efforts," said David Rahill, a principal at Foster Higgins.
The remaining 5 percent of construction cost increases
was labeled "Other" and included a wide variety of changes and claims that RCC managers said could not easily have been attributed to a single category.
Fitch also anticipates that, to the extent cost increases
occur, base rate increases will be studied and enacted to achieve timely cost recovery.
The conversion of the building to the Women's and Infant's Pavilion is the latest shift in focus for the facility, which was plagued with three years of delays and cost increases
before it opened last year.
companies shows that, while 76 percent think managed competition will help slow healthcare cost increases
, more than half (55 percent) say managed competition will not result in universal access to healthcare, and only 24 percent think the costs of their own health benefits programs will be less than under the current system.