Health Care Costs Up 8.4% in State

California employers have seen their health care costs rise 8.4 percent this year, and costs could climb 11.4 percent next year, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Employers are offsetting their healthcare expenses by shifting costs to employees in the form of higher deductibles and larger out-of-pocket fees, the Times reported.

In the Long Beach Unified School District, classified employees, along with managers and other non-represented employees, will contribute 5 percent toward health insurance costs starting January 2012.