In 2019, per-employee health care costs are expected to increase 4.4% in 2019 after employers make health plan changes. In 2018, per-employee health care costs rose 3.6% and in 2017 they rose 2.6%. The rise in per-employee health care costs vary by size of the organization. In organizations with 10 to499 employees, costs rose 5.4% in 2018. For employers with more than 500 employees, costs rose 3.2%. The average cost of health benefits per-employee was $12,666 in 2018. For organizations with 10 to499 employees, the average cost of benefits was . . .