Boeing's Employee Health Plan Fees Rise

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Aerospace company giant Boeing is asking employees to pay more into their health care plans this year. It cites President Barack Obama's health care overhaul as one of the reasons for the increase.

"The newly enacted health care reform legislation, while intended to expand access to care for millions of uninsured Americans, is also adding cost pressure as requirements of the new law are phased in over the next several years," wrote Rick Stephens, Boeing's senior vice president for human resources.

Boeing notified 90,000 non-union employees that deductibles and co-payments will increase significantly.

The company said the reasons for the increase include the rise in the cost of health care, lifestyle issues like obesity, and the effects of the new health care law.

Spokeswoman Karen Forte said the company is concerned its plan will be subject to new Obamacare taxes in 2018.

"We want to manage our costs so this tax doesn't apply to our plan, but that's down the road," said Forte. "If this health care law hadn't passed, would we be making changes to the health care benefit? Absolutely. For competitive reasons."

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