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Businesses in the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas are offering their workers new benefits in an attempt to cut their health care costs.

According to a new survey of 160 businesses in the area, conducted by the National Capital Area branch of the Society for Human Resource Management, companies are poised to spend only 26.3% of their compensation budgets on worker benefits this year, the Washington Post reported. The percentage of payroll devoted to benefits has been on a steady decline since SHRM began conducting the poll in 2006, when companies reported spending 32.2% on benefits.

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